According to an article that was published by The Wall Street Journal last month, the two tech giants, Amazon and Google, are planning to build telephone capabilities to their popular wireless home speakers… but it seems like Jeff Bezos is already getting ahead of the game.
Recode reports that Amazon has already been beta testing a new hardware since last month. The new Alexa-powered device or devices are rumored to feature an intercom system that will allow people to initiate phone calls by voice.
Although the intercom system isn’t equipped on the Echo, Dot and Tap, this feature isn’t really new to Alexa. Nucleus is already powered by Alexa, a family communication device that connects you with the people you love, wherever they are.
At first glance, you’ll think that it’s just one of those tablets sold in the market. But no… it’s an intercom system, a VoIP device, a security camera and a voice assistant that can basically do everything that the Echo is capable of.
Nucleus allows family members to communicate room to room, home to home or mobile to home. Anywhere you are as long you are connected to the internet. Unlike intercoms back in the day, the Nucleus intercom has a video call feature which makes communication a lot better, even when you’re miles away. It works just like the other video call services like Skype, Facetime, etc.
“The Nucleus Intercom is a good option if you want a simple way to communicate with the family in a larger home, or video chat with less technically savvy loved ones.” – PC Mag
It makes communication much easier and more fun. No need to go through the hassle of opening and logging into an app on your smartphone, laptop or computer.
As for the new Alexa-devices with phone call features, details still remain unclear and Amazon spokesperson has declined to comment about it. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.