Acer, a Taiwanese computer maker, has announced integration of Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant, directly into its PC products.
As mentioned in the announcement, models welcoming Alexa include the Spin 3 and 5 lines and the new Nitro 5 Spin gaming laptop, which will begin to be shipped on May 23.
In addition, several existing models from Acer will also receive this Alexa support, via a software update, including Aspire, Switch and Swift notebooks and Aspire all-in-one PCs. It will release to end-users over the next few weeks.
“We’re delighted to work with Acer to bring Alexa to customers in new ways,” said Steve Rabuchin, the vice president at Amazon Alexa. “We believe customers should be able to interact with Alexa wherever they might need her, including from their PCs, in order to take advantage of the simplicity of voice control.”
Acer computer users can then ask Alexa about weather, arrange calendars, play music, set reminders and ask general questions. Just like what Echo owners can do with their smart speakers.
And like an Amazon Echo Show, Acer’s PC screens will present information when users ask questions to the voice assistant, such as weather forecasts, presenting photos and playing videos.
Acer isn’t the first computer firms to adopt Alexa and make it default inside the device. Other companies like HP and Lenovo have brought Alexa into their PC devices.
All Windows 10 devices come with Cortana, Microsoft’s voice assistant. In other words, users will be able to use both assistants, Cortana and Alexa, within the same device. Although the two will be integrated at some day in the future.
PCs with voice assistants built-in aren’t new. Apple’s Mac devices come with Siri while Google’s Pixelbook supports Google Assistant. However, to see more and more PC makers adopt Alexa is relatively new in the industry.