This new Alexa skill is now available through Amazon and requires a Control4 4Sight subscription (£79 yearly) and an Alexa-enabled device, such as Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, to use it. 4Sight enables homeowners to connect to Control4 cloud-based services, including remote access and control of their home on an iOS or Android mobile device from anywhere, receiving alerts from their smart home, and using the new Control4 Smart Home Skill for Amazon Alexa devices. It's also worth repeating that you don't need to have an Echo or Echo Dot at home in order to take advantage of Alexa skills (although you'll only be able to take advantage of them while you're in your vehicle if you don't). What exactly does "whole-home control" mean? Provided you've picked one of those up and downloaded the ZeroTouch app (the Amazon Alexa app is a free optional extra if you've not yet configured Alexa), you should then be able to sign into your Amazon account as part of the new setup process and bring Alexa onto your phone, it'll just need to be paired to one of the mounts via Bluetooth to work.
Amazon also announced today that Alexa support has also been added to the Logitech ZeroTouch air vent cart mount for Android phones for both the USA and United Kingdom versions, with Germany to be added in the coming weeks.
"This Amazon collaboration gives the Logitech ZeroTouch even more superpowers", said Logitech's Patric Frank. "Now, the possibilities are endless - even while on the road".
In a blog post a year ago, former Sonos CEO, John MacFarlane, said it would take its time to find the best platform: "Sonos is taking the long view in how best to bring voice-enabled music experiences into the home. We can't wait for Logitech customers to try this out". In addition to Alexa, Logitech ZeroTouch has also introduced the ability to read out and respond to emails, accept or decline calendar invites, and read out calendar meetings for the day.
While Alexa is great for allowing users to do all sorts of things from interacting with smart home products to answering questions, Amazon is mainly about shopping and Alexa Voice Service wouldn't be an Amazon product if it didn't integrate somehow with Amazon's website.