Amazon Alexa. Are you a user of virtual assistant technology? Do you want to know more about the virtual assistant technology developed by Amazon? Are you curious about why Amazon chose the name its virtual assistant “Alexa”?
All these and many more questions you may have about Amazon Alexa will be provided for you in this article.
Amazon Alexa is a very popular technology that is used by millions of people all over the world, whether at home or in offices, the Amazon virtual assistant technology has gained popularity over the years. Even those who don’t use it have heard of it. For many Alexa is a wake word for them.
What is Amazon Alexa?
Amazon Alexa is a virtual assistant technology developed by Amazon. It is at times just referred to as “Alexa”.
When was Amazon Alexa released?
A limited version Amazon Alexa was released 7 years ago on the 6th of November 2014 in the United States. The full version was released in June 28, 2015 in the United States.
Other launch dates
On the 28th of September 2016, it was released in the United Kingdom. It was launched in Germany and Austria on the 26th of October, 2016.
In the following year 2017, Amazon Alexa was launched in India, Japan, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Uruguay.
In the year 2018, it was launched in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain and Mexico. On the 3rd of October 2019 Alexa was launched in Brazil. It’s latest launch date was on the 7th of December 2021 in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
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Which operating system and platforms can Amazon Alexa work on?
- Fire OS 5.0 or any of its later versions
- iOS 11.0 or any of its later versions
- Android 4.4 or any of android later versions
- Amazon Alexa can work on Amazon Echo, Fire OS, iOS, Android, Linux, Windows
What does Amazon Alexa do?
Amazon Alexa does what every virtual assistant technology is designed to do, to assist you to carry out tasks.
Things like playing music, setting alarms, making to-do lists, serving as a reminder, playing music or streaming videos, providing up-to-date or real-time information, news, weather and traffic updates, turning on and off lights and other appliances etc.
Which languages is Amazon Alexa available in?
As of the time of writing this article, Amazon Alexa is available in 9 different languages. They are English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Arabic.
Why was the name Alexa chosen?
The name Alexa was chosen by Amazon as an inspiration from the library of Alexandria in Egypt. The purpose of choosing the name was to reflect the depth of Alexa’s knowledge just as the library of Alexandria contains a center of great knowledge.
Though this was the consideration when choosing the name, it has however had some negative effects leading to a decrease in the popularity of the name.
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