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Ken Yeung, Tech Reporter | Samsung Developer Conference 2017

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Ken Yeung, Tech Reporter, sits down with John Furrier at the Samsung Developer Conference at Moscone West in San Francisco, CA

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Amazon’s smartphone jinx is AI voice competitors’ juju

How many artificial intelligence voice assistants are too many? Do people wish to manage all of their “internet of things” connected devices — TVs, speakers, lights, locks, etc. — with the same familiar digital chum? If they do, the consumer IoT market may tilt toward the company with the best-liked assistant on the most used device. In other words, Amazon.com Inc. might lose its enviable position in voice if it doesn’t break its smartphone jinx.

“Everyone is going after Amazon,” said Ken Yeung, former reporter for VentureBeat Inc. and mentor at Orange Fab, a platform that connects startups and corporations. Yeung spoke with John Furrier (@furrier), host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s mobile livestreaming studio, during an interview at the Samsung Developer Conference last October in San Francisco.

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant powers Echo, its smart home speaker scrawled on many a gift list last holiday season. Echo now enjoys about 71 percent of smart-speaker market share, according to analysts. Alexa is integrated in more than 4,000 smart-home devices spanning 1,200 brands, according to Steve Rabuchin, Amazon’s vice president of Alexa Voice Service and Alexa Skills. That widespread of devices gives Amazon a quantitative advantage in consumer IoT. However, don’t lots of consumers see their smartphone as a crash pad for their AI assistant?

Competitors like Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd seem to think so; the company’s built its AI assistant Bixby 2.0 into the hardware of its latest Galaxy models. Inquire about Amazon-brand phones and one hears little but foreign-market rumors rustling in corners of the internet. Can a cart full of dimmer switches and thermostats punch up to the mighty smartphone?

Granted, that is a stingy description of Amazon’s and partners’ smart device inventory.
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