Amazon Extends Alexa’s Reach Into Wearables

Amazon.com Inc. is bringing its Alexa digital assistant to wearable merchandise.

The e-commerce big on Wednesday unveiled earbuds, glasses and a finger ring that may all have its digital assistant constructed into them. Amazon introduced the merchandise throughout a press occasion in Seattle, the place executives additionally launched new Echo units, together with a high-end speaker and movement sensor, and updates throughout its portfolio.

With its new earbuds, named Echo Buds and costing $129, Amazon is undercutting rivals corresponding to Apple Inc., which has managed the market with its larger priced AirPods, which price $159. Apple’s AirPods have 53% of the worldwide earbud market share, in accordance with Counterpoint Research. Apple is predicted to promote 40 million AirPods in its present fiscal 12 months, in accordance with UBS.

“Amazon’s failure has been around mobile, and this is a chance for them to fix it,” analyst Gene Munster from Loup Ventures stated. “This is a textbook opportunity for them because it’s at Apple’s expense. These companies need big levers to go after.”

Amazon has sought to place Alexa additional into folks’s lives because it launched the gadget in 2014.

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