As expected, Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) is working on an Alexa-powered device. Following an FCC observation in June, the carrier announced Verizon Smart Display today at Amazon’s Alexa Live event, confirming in the process that the device will respond to both “Alexa” and “Hi, Verizon” keywords.
In addition to an 8-inch x 880-inch display, 4GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a privacy shutter, the device has 4G LTE connectivity, as Verizon reported CNET it will use to provide customer support for troubleshooting during service outages and setup. You use the watchword “Hello, Verizon” to access the functionality. The same custom assistant will also ask questions about recent bills and the carrier̵
Alexa, on the other hand, will handle almost everything else. The carrier said that the device will work with various music and video streaming services. The smart screen is one of the first smart home devices to come out of Amazon’s Alexa Custom Assistant program. Verizon will beta test the smart screen with a select group of Fios customers this fall, with greater availability to follow sometime next year.
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