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Amazon’s Alexa The Virtual Assistant Now Added With More Than 1000 Third Party Skills

Alexa is the Amazon’s popular Virtual Assistant; the Alexa became popular in the past six months. It now has more than 1000 skills than earlier.  Earlier Alexa was having only 100 skills when it was arrived now the third party skills are updated in the Alexa. The information regarding this update was mentioned by the Amazon on Friday.

With this skill, it will become the best cloud-based virtual assistant than earlier. Some of the features that included are Dominoes, Uber, Capital One, Fitbit, KAYAK, Smart Things, Haiku Home, Genady Okrain and Ken Westphalia.

The developers community is working hard for increasing the user experience. For example, if you want to order a pizza you can just say “Order the Pizza”, If you want to get a taxi all you have to say is “Call an Uber” with these easy and convenient process Amazon is looking forward to increasing the performance and user experience with the Alexa.

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“Less than a year ago we released the Alexa Skills Kit, making it possible for any developer to create voice experiences for Alexa,” said Rob Pulciani, Director of Amazon Alexa

Amazon has included the update in the recent press release. Developers can also download and develop the skills that can work on that Alexa enabled devices. Amazon smart home API included with the Alexa Skill kit.

The capabilities of the Alexa has increased over time as it is gaining the popularity. This week that Alexa could end up becoming the fourth pillar of Amazon’s business, adding to Amazon Prime, its cloud business AWS, and its retail marketplace, said by the Amazon CEO and founder Jeff.


Jeff Bezos also said that more than 1,000 people were working on Alexa’s technology. But soon Amazon has to face the fierce competition from Google. Google will debut their Alexa and echo competitor which is Google Home in the month of May. Apple is also looking forward and working on the similar technology which works within the streaming devices like Apple TV, etc.

Viv challenges Siri with first on-stage demo

Viv, a virtual assistant with Artificial Intelligence, was demoed on stage at an event named Disrupt Hackathon 2016 in New York City. The live demo of the next generation voice assistant was impressive and received applauds from the crowd seated below.

Creators of Apple’s Siri Adam Cheyer &Dag Kittlaus along with a team, had made this future virtual assistant integrating with different services. As they had already stated about its demo last week, working performance was shown on live stage. Kittlaus introduces Viv to the audience present at the event.

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The presentation carried out in a way that the co-founder of Viv started asking different questions regarding the weather to which the AI voice assistant had responded very quickly with accurate answers. Mr.Kittlaus had given some tasks on voice to Viv, which were performed in a very less time.

He also explained the working process of Viv, which differs from most of the existing virtual assistants. As most of them rely on hard code finds tough to decode when different accent or typical questions are given. Such problems do not occur with Viv since it is capable of generating its code quickly by picking up keywords and information points. It will be functioning as a personal assistant in the case of Interpretation and decoding.


Kittlaus called Viv as “software that’s writing itself”. Due to this ability to generate dynamic code, it can scale extremely quickly, adapts to the accent of the users and queries thrown at it, rather than relying on the built-in system. He described that the personal assistant’s success is mainly due to the integration with third-party services like Uber and Venom.

On speaking about the rumours of Viv’s acquisition he said that “Yeah you’ve heard about them, you can read about it probably.”The founders of Viv had already turned down the offers regarding the acquisition made by the Tech giants and expressed their decision to travel alone.

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During the presentation, he showed the internal working of the virtual voice assistant. He quoted that” For consumers Viv is the Intelligent interface to everything whereas for developers it’s the next major marketplace and channel for offering content, commerce and services.

The third party mobile application is at the final stage of development and expected to launch by the end of this year.

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