Amazon is integrating Alexa with services that facilitate around the home. From turning on the microwave to charging your plugged-in eV. For its next trick, the tech giant wants to push its voice assistant into devices you’re taking on the go. Today, Amazon has introduced a new set of developer tools, called ‘Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit’. Software that would allow developers hook up their Bluetooth-equipped headphones, smartwatches, fitness trackers, other audio devices, and more to the voice-controlled service.
The Alexa Mobile Accessory kit enables OEM devices to connect over Bluetooth to the Alexa Voice Service (AVS). Through the Alexa app on Android or iOS devices. There’re already devices that hook up to Amazon’s voice assistant. Of course, but the routing through the app can be a lightweight option than building in functionality through the AVS Device SDK released last year August. Maybe this easier option will help Amazon keep Alexa adoption ahead of rival services as they try to shorten the lead. With Google releasing an SDK for its Assistant last month.
The kit is not ready to use just yet — it is coming later this year. But developers can register to be notified once it is available. According to Amazon’s post. Bose, Jabra, iHome, and Beyerdynamic have committed to connecting their devices to Alexa with the kit later this year.