Alexa Cast Simplifies Playing Music from Phones to Alexa Devices
Amazon today revealed Alexa Cast, a new feature that simplifies the experience of interacting with Alexa-powered devices. Alexa Cast specifically targets the action of casting music from a mobile phone to an Alexa speaker. At launch, it is only compatible with Amazon's own Amazon Music app for controlling music playback. The feature works with all Alexa-enabled devices, including those made by Amazon and those made by third-party companies. The new feature is coming to the Amazon Music app for Android and iOS starting today, which will contain an icon for Alexa Cast on the Now Playing screen. What users see on the app will be in sync with what's playing through the speakers, so they can manage playback in real-time. Third-party apps cannot yet access the new Alexa Cast feature and Amazon hasn't said if or when Alexa Cast might reach more of its own apps.
Oct 18, 2017
Motorola today announced the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa, a new modular attachment that lets Moto Z owners access Alexa when on the go. The Smart Speaker includes four microphones and Motorola says it can detect voices and respond to requests in most environments.
Dec 28, 2017
LG today showed off a new smart speaker that will be available in early 2018. LG is calling the ThinQ Speaker its "first premium smart AI audio product" thanks to the addition of the Google Assistant.
Nov 6, 2017
Motorola today said the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa will become available over the coming week. Amazon, Best Buy, and Motorola will each kick off pre-orders for the modular attachment starting November 7, with general sales commencing November 13.
Jun 21, 2018
Amazon today made the Motorola Moto Z3 Play and Moto G6 Play, both with Alexa on board, available through its Prime Exclusives program. Phones sold through the Prime Exclusive program have a single sign-in for all Amazon services, such as Amazon Video and Amazon Music.
Apr 11, 2018
Motorola recently added the Moto Stereo Speaker to its lineup of magnetic mods for the Moto Z series, such as the Z2 Force and Z2 Play. The Moto Stereo Speaker, available from Motorola's web site for $60, features two 28mm drivers, a fold-out kickstand, and support for speakerphone calls.