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Are Alexa And Echo Breaking Up?

Hardware makers and hobbyists will now have an easier time getting their devices to talk to Amazon’s Alexa platform. The company has officially released a developer preview of Alexa Voice Service, which will allow people to speak through their devices’ microphones and receive Alexa responses… without even having to own Amazon’s Echo device.

Though it remains to be seen just how easily one might be able to create a third-party Alexa device, it does seem possible that an enthusiast could bypass Amazon’s Echo entirely and still retain all of its useful functionality (perhaps even for a lower price). (Continue reading …)