You won’t have to yell as much anymore if you have a third-party Alexa device.
Amazon is releasing its seven-microphone design to outside companies that create voice assistant speakers using Alexa. Companies including Lenovo, LG and Ford have all taken a cut of Amazon’s pie by equipping their own devices with Alexa, from speakers to refrigerators and cars.
Providing the technology behind Alexa’s voice processing allows third-party companies to make voice assistants that can hear you from from across the room, even in loud environments. Amazon is releasing its software for wake-word recognition, noise reduction and echo cancellation.
Third-party makers will also be able to use the same seven noise-canceling microphones that are found in the , making it easier to pick up voice commands from long distances.