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Lenovo Smart Assistant

Chinese tech giant Lenovo is to launch a smart home assistant powered by Amazon's Alexa, becoming the latest firm to enter the market for voice-activated devices.

Amazon Prime members can now voice-order their next meal through Amazon Restaurants on their Alexa-enabled devices including the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot.

It's a relatively similar featureset to Samsung's Family Hub line of smart refrigerators, so your preference of smart fridge may come down to which interface you like better and whether you want Alexa.

There are more than 6,000 skills available for Alexa. The connectivity will depend on the driver's smartphone and Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Tap inside the vehicle owner's home. Eventually, anyone with an Amazon Echo at home and SYNC 3 compatibility in their Ford automobile will be able to communicate with Alexa in-car as well as at home.

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Ford will be using its Sync 3 to integrate Alexa into a vehicle system. Ford said that beginning next month, some owners of its vehicles will be able to use Alexa voice commands to access certain auto functions and even check the range of their auto. The owners of Ford vehicles equipped with SYNC 3 will be able to issue voice commands to Alexa in-car to read weather reports, play music, check the news, add items to their shopping lists, and more. Smart home connectivity represents a new frontier, made possible through services such as Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant.

In addition, they'll also be able to give commands to control their smart home appliances, like setting the thermostat, adjusting the lights, or control the security system.

It's been a year since Ford started exploring the possibility of integration of its cars with Amazon Echo and the Wink smart home platform.

Ford said it will roll out its Alexa integration in two phases. Drivers of the Ford Focus Electric, Fusion Energi, and C-Max Energi will be the first auto owners to gain the ability to speak with Alexa.

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