Amazon’s Alexa Celebrates Canadian Summer With Tennis Champion Bianca Andreescu

Amazon has provided an update on the latest Alexa-related updates in Canada.

“Alexa is getting smarter and more complex every single day by finding new ways of applying learned behaviours to new and different scenarios,” the company tells IIC. “Currently built into more than 100,000,000 devices worldwide, Alexa and the Echo suite of devices continue to evolve. As they gain functionality and utility, become more conversational, and interact with some of our partners, we want to keep you in the loop.”

Amazon recently held its third annual Alexa Live developers conference, a meeting of Alexa-related developers, startups, and entrepreneurs. Much like Apple’s WWDC (albeit on a smaller scale), the conference celebrates innovation and success related to the AI technology.

Additionally, Amazon Canada launched a collaboration with Canadian tennis champion Bianca Andreescu celebrating summer in Canada. The series will focus on summer-related activities and will feature Andreescu’s tips on how to stay motivated and active all season long. Alexa users only need to say “Alexa, have a chat with Bianca Andreescu” to get started.

Amazon is also launching “a series of uniquely Canadian experiences and feature local Canadian businesses by directing to Amazon’s Canadian Local Business’ dedicated page.” Users can ask questions like “Alexa, help me learn about Canada,” or “Alexa, what’s the Canada Trivia Question of the Day?”

Amazon is also adding Zoom two-way video calling for the second generation Fire TV Cube, allowing users to join virtual hangouts and work meetings from their TVs.

Finally, Amazon is launching the TELUS Home Assistant Skill in Canada, allowing TELUS users to enjoy hands-free voice control of their home technology. TELUS products available with this skill include Optik TV, SmartHome Security, Internet and more.