The Alexa integration in the U.S. will be available via a software update through Acer Care Centre, but its wider availability is expected for sometime in the mid of 2018. These particular PCs are likely to expose more people to Alexa, which only helps Amazon bring more people into its ecosystem.
The app itself resembles Alexa's smartphone counterparts and includes all the usual trappings such as weather updates, smart home control and more.
Amazon's voice assistant is coming to PCs during the first quarter, starting with machines from Acer.
Alexa PCs will tap into Intel Smart Sound Technology; Acer says it will not impact system performance. The manufacturer's announcement was light on details, but we suspect future Alexa models will sport the multi-microphone arrays that have become common on high-end laptops over the last few months.
Amazon Alexa will roll out on Acer PCs in the United States via an update through Acer Care Center; other regions will get it in mid-2018.
"This is a big step toward making Alexa available wherever customers might need her", said Steve Rabuchin, Amazon Alexa vice president, in a news release announcing Acer's integration of Alexa into its Aspire, Spin, Switch and Swift notebooks, and Aspire all-in-one PCs.
The Seattle-based company started with TV streaming boxes and standalone Echo speakers - but now, Alexa is getting into more gadgets, computers, and devices, even those made by companies not named Amazon.
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Companies such as Acer, ASUS, HP, and Lenovo are all on course to deliver Windows 10 machines with Alexa pre-installed later this year (though it won't be equipped with all of the native features at launch), with some these expected to be shown off at CES 2018 this week.
Amazon's latest partnership with PC OEMs is separate from its partnership with Microsoft that aims to have Alexa and Cortana speak to each other. Alexa's reach isn't necessarily a problem for Amazon, but the company doesn't have the hardware platform advantages that Google does, as Google's Assistant is available to millions of Android users already.