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DateDate: 28-10-2018, 07:48

The Amazon and Qualcomm partnership agreement will allow companies to expand the use of the Alexa Voice Assistant beyond smart speakers, as well as reduce the cost and production time of smart gadgets.
In some models of headphones you can already meet Apple, Google or Amazon virtual assistants, but Qualcomm can drastically increase their availability. The company is going to produce microchips, with the help of which any manufacturer of Bluetooth headphones can directly integrate Alexa into the device, writes the website CNBC.
The user can activate the voice assistant in the headphones paired with the phone by pressing a button. This functionality is reminiscent of wireless Apple AirPods, which also allow you to communicate with Siri.
Amazon can not wait to seize the market of smart headphones as soon as possible. Some models of Bose and Jabra already offer the opportunity to work with Alexa, and Sony promised this year to introduce a specialized software update. Google Assistant is also lagging behind, which can be used with Bose, JBL and Sony headphones, as well as with its own Pixel Buds.
Cooperation with Qualcomm will expand the range of models. Microchips of the company will significantly reduce the cost of production of smart headphones and time to market, said Vice President Anthony Murray in an interview with Reuters. He did not answer the question whether Qualcomm is going to make a similar offer to Google, but confirmed the company's intention to acquire other partners.
This step is part of a larger-scale Qualcomm campaign to diversify capital and move from manufacturing processors and chips for modems to new market sectors. In early autumn, the company introduced the updated chip for smart watches Snapdragon Wear 3100, which will keep the screen on all the time.