As expected, Verizon (the parent company of Engadget) is working on a device powered by Alexa. After FCC sighting in June, the operator announced the Verizon Smart Display today at Amazon’s Alexa Live event, confirming that the device will respond to both “Alexa” and “Hi, Verizon” wake-up calls.
In addition to the 1,280-inch 8-inch screen at 800, 4 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory and privacy trigger, the device also has a 4G LTE connection, which Verizon said CNET will be used to provide customer troubleshooting support during downtime and setup. You will use the wake-up word “Hello, Verizon” to access this feature. The same custom assistant will also ask questions about recent bills and Fios carrier services.
On the other hand, Alexa will deal with almost everyone else. The carrier said the device will work with a variety of music streaming services and music. The smart screen is one of the first smart home devices to come out of Amazon Alexa custom assistant program. Verizon will beta test the smart screen with a select group of Fios customers this fall, with greater availability to be tracked sometime next year.
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