[CES 2017] We have to really commend Amazon on their decision to open up their voice assistant platform to third-party developers. Thanks to this decision, we’ve seen quite a few companies take advantage of it by making their products compatible and controllable via Alexa, and it looks like Huawei has decided to do the same as well.
In a post on Huawei’s Twitter account, it seems that the company has decided that they will be be preloading Alexa on the Huawei Mate 9 smartphone from here on out. The Mate 9 is expected to be released in the US come 6th of January, 2017 and will be priced at $600 which is not too bad given its specs.
The fact that it will come with Alexa preloaded is an added benefit, especially when you consider that Alexa is quickly being integrated into quite a few smart home appliances, such as LG’s recent refrigerators which will come with support for the voice assistant. It is an interesting move by Huawei considering the fact that the phone runs on Android.
However given that Google is keeping the Google Assistant exclusive to its Pixel phones for now, it looks like Amazon is here to help fill in that gap. With its dual Leica lenses and now with Alexa baked into it, the Mate 9 is certainly shaping up to be a pretty compelling handset, if it wasn’t already.