Did Alexa just kill the App Revolution?

I have bought two Amazon Alexa Shows for myself. One for my wife and I at home and one for my office. I am going to get another one for my other office. I sent an Echo Show to two of the team members at The IAm App. We are going to work on enabling Alexa “Skills” for our IAm Apps. (Maybe they are going to have to be called “IAm Skills” now?!)

My wife also bought one for her office. She is an attorney and her company got one or two for her. That is at least four or five Amazon Alexa shows that I personally bought in the last two weeks since they have released them. Clearly I love this technology thought it’s still far from perfect.

The Echo Show, with its screen makes the Alexa Voice Interaction just that much more awesome — and the the Echo Dot and Echo devices without screens are great already.

What is so amazing is that Amazon/Jeff Bezos did this classic Steve Jobs/Apple thing from years ago, when Apple would create products that nobody even knew they wanted and that is what Alexa is. You just didn’t know you wanted that interface until it was there.

I gave a speech introducing Steve Wozniak at the Apple Investment Summit, which was an honor, probably 5 years ago in LA I think it was. Steve talked for 30-45 minutes and he gave a great speech. One of the things he talked about was as revolutionary as the iPhone was that it was a device that took you to where you didn’t even know you wanted to go. And he pulled out his iPhone 4 or 5 at the time, and said I want to be able to talk to it like “iPhone, open up the movie I was watching last night.”

Everybody oohed in the crowd, “Oh that would be so cool!”

That was 5 years ago. Apple didn’t get us there. Steve Wozniak doesn’t work at Apple anymore, but if he did, he would have gotten Apple there first.

Instead though, it was Jeff Bezos who took us there.

Now I am telling you guys, whether you know it or not you want Amazon Alexa Show, Alexa Dot, anything Alexa related because the interface is getting better all the time. It is already establishing itself as the de facto standard for this Voice Revolution.

[Alexa, play channel 18 from Sirius XM. Music playing.]

[Alexa, show me Beetles videos on Youtube. Beetles video playing.]

[Alexa, play number one.]

And now I am watching Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on a screen. Oh sorry, it is Strawberry Fields Forever, I couldn’t see it from back here.

I will wrap up today with Strawberry Fields in the background and this thought, is the Alexa App on my iPhone going to get to the point where I am going to be able to talk to it and bypass Siri?

Is The IAm App developing for Apple or Google? Well yes, we make apps for their smartphones and tablets so we develop on the Apple and Google operating systems…

But we are getting ahead of the train and are starting to develop for Alexa and guess what, we are not the only ones!

Talk about disruptive perhaps Alexa is the Killer App of all-time. How disruptive would it be for me to be able to say “Alexa, open the IAm Neil Patrick Harris App” not just to the Echo Show, but if I could say that to my iPhone and the Alexa App hears it and opens up the IAm Skills set that we built for the Alexa operating system and it pops up on my iPhone screen just like it does on my Echo Show screen.

Is the App Revolution dead? Do we need to change the name to the Skill Revolution? That is what Alexa calls it. It allows you to enable “skills.” You don’t have to download an app to the Alexa, you just turn on the skill and start listening to Sirius XM, watching Youtube, jamming out to The Beetles, etc.

Oh come on, the Beatles Strawberry Fields video just ended just as I got up. Oh, it is going to the next one, and it’s them performing “Don’t Let Me Down” on top of the building there in NYC.

And with that people, I will do my best not to let you down.

Wise words from Johnny Boy Lennon. Peace, Love and Happiness.

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July 21st, 2017 by