With the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, OEM development teams no longer need to perform the bulk of the coding for their Alexa integration. Bluetooth audio-capable devices built with this new kit can connect directly to the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) via the Amazon Alexa App (for Android and iOS) on the customer’s mobile device. Customers who connect their devices with the Amazon Alexa App can take advantage of all the great features available through AVS, including streaming media, smart home capabilities, thousands of Alexa skills, calendar management, weather updates, and more.
Amazon says that device makers who want to enable Bluetooth devices to connect to Alexa for a hands-free voice experience will be to use the new developer toolset later this year.
The Mobile Accessory Kit follows the launch of AVS Device SDK last year which let OEMs integrate Alexa directly into connected products. The new mobile kit is an alternative solution which gives on-the-go products access to Alexa by pairing via Bluetooth to the Amazon Alexa App. Bose, Jabra, iHome, Beyerdynamic, and AVS Solution Provider Linkplay are committed to bringing an enhanced Alexa-on-the-go experience to their Bluetooth audio-capable products this year.