Amazon revealed that it has opened up the Alexa Mobile Accessory Tool Kit for all developers. This implies that any headphone, speaker, and wearable device is able to incorporate the smart assistant into the products if they desire to add the functionality. However, only Sony, Bose, and Jabra were allowed the access for the toolkit and were the only companies able to incorporate smart assistant by Amazon into its products.
A lot of small manufacturers can include various cool functionalities such as ability to utilize voice to change songs, pick up calls, and ask questions related to news, weather, and others. In addition, it can be utilized for setting alarms, timers, and various tasks. This decision outlines that small headphone manufacturers can avail these tools and avail in their products to offer voice assistance support. On the other hand, this decision enables Amazon to enhance its market share in the voice assistant industry.
Alfred Woo, a principal product manager for Alexa Voice Services, stated in an interview with The Verge, that the need for development and maintenance of a custom Alexa app for device manufacturers will be eliminated. He added, “By leveraging the Amazon Alexa App that is readily available for Android and iOS, device makers can accelerate product development, software integration, and testing time, while reducing product support costs.”
After the launch of various devices by the manufacturers, the products will be updated automatically for incorporating Alexa features and various functionalities as they start the Amazon Alexa App. Qualcomm has made the reference design available for smart headphones with Alexa. The design is available for only $299. This is the price any organization or technology company can afford.
Tech giants have been collaborating with other technology companies to add functionalities and offer a better experience to consumers. There will be an upsurge in the number of devices integrating Alexa and the market for smart headphones will boom. According to the report published by Allied Market Research, the global smart headphone market is expected to reach $21.80 billion by 2025, with at a CAGR of 20.2% from 2018 to 2025. An upsurge in need for mobility services and technological advancements would create new opportunities in the industry in coming years.