Amazon reportedly moving ahead with new Alexa-based voice call product

Amazon is reportedly testing Alexa hardware with voice call support, and an announcement is expected sometime in the coming months. An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment.

These sources also state that there has been internal talk at Amazon about launching an Alexa device that has a video camera, but that functionality may not be present in the upcoming device (s). The two small openings at the top are very likely microphones and it's not uncommon for indoor camera's to have built-in speakers to facilitate intercom-style communication, so all the necessary hardware components could be in place to speak with Amazon's Alexa using just the camera.

Virtual voice activated personal assistant Alexa has become extremely popular.

Amazon today announced the creation of the Alexa Fund Fellowship, an initiative to fund university research and curriculum related to voice technology. The new device with updated specs and features is now said to be under internal beta testing.

Does using an Amazon Alexa device to make phone calls or as an intercom interest you?

A Nucleus spokesperson said in a statement that the startup "cannot speak to Amazon's plans" but "when we think about the future of connected devices within the home, Nucleus is focused on building the future of simple family communication". A new report from Recode suggests that's exactly what is in the works at Amazon HQ, and that the company is preparing to debut at least one call-capable Alexa-enabled device by the end of 2017.

It's not clear if the security camera is the same device that Recode is talking about. The success of the Echo later re-kindled Bezos' interest in the technology, this person said.

  • Carolyn Briggs