Instead of shouting ‘Hey, Alexa,’ Verizon is now reportedly thinking of creating their own new virtual assistant, mainly called ‘Verizon.’ This was revealed in the latest Federal Communications Commission filings which showed Verizon has had planned to make a rival of Amazon Echo Show. Technically, launching the newest model of a smart-display device.
Verizon smart-display device
“With a large touch screen and the intelligent Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, Verizon Smart Display make your life easier and more interesting,” this is part of the recent Verizon FCC filing document.
As first spotted by news site Protocol, the leading American wireless network operator will soon launch an eight-inch Verizon Smart Display, with a model name called LVD1, which has specs: 1280×800 display, 4GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. There will also be a front-facing camera, just like on Amazon Echo models.
The device also supports calls, messaging, and any other Alexa skills you might think about. One thing that makes it unique though, is the fact that the Verizon device will be supported with 4G LTE support, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. This makes sense since Verizon is one of the leading wireless network operators in the US.
Verizon smart-display vs. Amazon Echo Show 8
If this item is real and Verizon will stay to push this item in the market, it would be technically, fighting against Amazon Echo Show 8 model. Though, mainly just for the Alexa-technology feature.
Both devices have the same display size of eight-inch. The Amazon Echo Show 8 is currently priced at $109.99, which is now available on sale for only $79.99. If this is the case, Verizon might have to lower its price level to compete against Amazon. After all, ‘Hey, Verizon’ may not be sound appealing to be shouted at home.
Is it a real device?
As of now, Verizon has not yet mentioned anything about the said smart display device. However, as Engadget (Verizon is their parent company) reported, there’s no telling for now if the item is real or not. Although, it seems reasonable as well since the company also launched their own smartwatch models, even tablets.
Amazon devices warning
Since we’re talking about Amazon rivals, here are the possible reasons why it’s better to look for them right now.
In a May 29 report of Ars Technica, it was reported Web host, and entertainment behemoth will automatically enroll the devices in Amazon Sidewalk. This means, there will be a portion of your internet service that can be connected to neighboring Sidewalk-capable devices, without a need for passwords.
All devices including, Sidewalk bridges is Ring Floodlight Cam (2019), Ring Spotlight Cam Wired (2019), Ring Spotlight Cam Mount (2019), Echo (3rd gen and newer), Echo Dot (3rd gen and newer), Echo Dot for Kids (3rd gen and newer), Echo Dot with Clock (3rd gen and newer), Echo Plus (all generations), Echo Show (all models and generations), Echo Spot, Echo Studio, Echo Input, and Echo Flex; are said to be involved on the new update– whether you know it or not.
One reason why Amazon should also stepped up.