Amazon is far too busy building unnecessary nonsense into Alexa, while completely neglecting the stuff that matters. For example, I will never ever enable purchasing via Alexa until they clearly establish voice recognition. I’m not lonely, I don’t need this thing to have conversations with me. I just need it to do what I ask.
Oh, and make it able to react to more sounds. There’s a bird ID app that can hear dozens of birds, some dozens of meters away, on your phone’s crappy mic and identify them accurately. Alexa should be able to hear a buzzer and act on it, as well as identify your voice for purchases.
Why is that so difficult for them to comprehend?
Spot on, @Glen_King !
The incessant “do you also want ?” suggestions rank right up there. If I want today’s weather, that’s what I want–not for her to ask if I also want the weather for the next seven days. If I want that, I will ask…
I think Amazon would be much more successful selling an Alexa subscription to get rid of the ads and “by the ways” than they would a “smarter” Alexa that you can converse with. I’d throw $2/month to get rid of the annoyances.
“ Successful” means different things for a publicly held company like Amazon. They always need to keep one eye on the stock market, which means they need to be Buzzy, and they need to have a business plan which looks “sustainable“ at a quick glance. So while choice is good, and unquestionably Many people would like Alexa to say less, that’s not going to bump the stock. An AI assistant on a paid subscription probably will. Just sayin’ …
Not necessarily @JDRoberts in a respectful way. Amazon was the only Company for long period of time that didnt make money but was rewarded by wall street with consistent stock growth/value.
It wasn’t the only one, but definitely, yes, Amazon didn’t feel any need to make a profit for a long time because it had huge growth and, again, was Buzzy. But now it has some competition for online retail, and it needs to keep its story fresh.
Amazon (AMZN) had a profit of $8.4 billion (yes, with a b) over the last three months of 2023, doing things the way that they do them.