Starting today, Microsoft is opening up access to a preview of the Amazon Appstore within the Microsoft Store on Windows 11 PCs. The partnership between Microsoft and Amazon was first revealed last June and access has only been possible to those in the Windows 11 Insider Program. More importantly, only about 50 apps were available previously but now there will be more than 1,000 apps available with this wider rollout. Once the update arrives on your PC, you should be able to simply open the Microsoft Store on a Windows 11 device and search for Android apps to install as you would any other PC application.
Microsoft is revealing the next version of Windows today, Windows 11, and one surprise announcement is that Android apps will be available on Windows PCs via the Amazon Appstore. Amazon’s Appstore will be integrated into the Windows Store, where you’ll be able to browse and install Android apps directly. Read more ›
An Amazon Prime Video app has just been released in the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 computers. You may think it’s unnecessary to have a dedicated app, since you can access all the same content through a browser, but the app comes with the unique ability to download videos for offline viewing. Like Amazon’s mobile apps, you can select from video quality settings of Good, Better, and Best when downloading content. One hour of video at the highest setting, which maxes out at 1080p, will use around 2.4 GB of storage space. The app is free, but you’ll need a Prime membership to access movies and shows.
There are already several Windows PCs with Alexa built-in, but those numbers may soon increase significantly. Amazon has announced four new all-in-one and laptop PC designs with integrated Alexa for PC manufactures to use to speed up the path to launching Alexa-enabled PCs. These aren’t products that Amazon will make themselves, but they’re pre-tested white-box designs that are very close to a finished product. Read more ›
While HP beat other PC manufacturers to the punch with their Alexa enabled desktop and their just announced all-in-one PC, Acer is the first to offer Alexa built into a laptop. The Acer Spin 3 and Spin 5 convertible notebooks with Alexa are available starting today, while the Nitro, Aspire, Swift, and Switch line of laptops with Alexa will be shipping in the next few weeks. The Acer Spin 5 appears to be the only one with hands-free Alexa capabilities, while the others require that you press a button before speaking to Alexa. Acer will be adding Alexa to existing laptops through the company’s Care Center software updates, starting with the previous generation Spin 5 on May 23rd.
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Amazon revealed a partnership with PC manufacturers at CES earlier this year where Alexa will be featured front and center on Windows 10 computers. The HP Pavilion Wave, which is a desktop PC that doubles as a hands-free Alexa speaker, has since been released. I got a quick hands-on with the Wave at CES and saw the potential of merging Alexa with computers. Now HP has announced a new All-in-One desktop PC with far-field mics and speakers built into the base for Alexa. Read more ›
Amazon and several PC manufacturers have announced that Alexa would be coming to select Windows 10 computers by way of a new Windows Alexa app made by Amazon. I got a quick chance to try the app running on an Alexa version of HPs Pavilion Wave computer at CES. Read more ›
Amazon has teamed up with several PC manufactures to bring Alexa to Windows 10 later this year. Desktop and laptop PCs from HP, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer will work with a new Windows app that Amazon will in the Spring. The computers will access the voice assistant through far-field microphone and/or by pressing physical buttons. Read more ›
When Amazon added display mirroring support via Miracast to the Fire TV with the 188.8.131.52 software update, they seemed to only focus on making the new feature compatible with Android devices. Users of Windows 8.1, which supports Miracast by default, were disappointed to find the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick couldn’t mirror Windows correctly. Sharp eyed reddit user FlyEaglesFly04 has spotted an update to the Fire TV Stick’s product page that should make Windows users happy. Amazon has recently added “Windows 8.1 coming soon” to the miracast feature row in the Fire TV Stick’s comparison chart. This is a good indicator that the next Fire TV Stick update should resolve issues with mircast and make it compatible with Windows 8.1’s native support. Even though there’s no mention of mircast or Windows on the Fire TV’s product page, it’s safe to assume the Fire TV will also gain Windows miracast compatibility with its next software update. Once the Fire TV Stick becomes compatible with Windows 8.1 miracast mirroring, it should drive the last nail into the coffin of Microsoft’s ridiculously overpriced Wireless Display Adapter and turn the Fire TV Stick into one of the most versatile options for Windows mirroring.
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