A major revelation by Amazon about its web services business has brought it at par with global web giants like Microsoft, Google and IBM, even dwarfing some.
For the first time the company has talked openly about its web services, a topic it avoided discussing till now.
According to the information released by the firm, Amazon web services’ business includes $1.5 billion as net sales and $265 million as profits. Amazon web services have over a million customers and counts companies like Dropbox, Spotify, Netflix, and even the CIA as its clients.
One of the main features of Amazon web services, apart from powering websites, is their tool, Amazon Machine Learning. The tools use technology that helps computers to guess human choices. Started in 2006, the web services of Amazon have a market share of 27% as compared to Microsoft’s 10%.
CEO and founder Jeff Bezos has called Amazon a $5 billion business that is still accelerating.
Four Indian manufacturers on Monday announced to launch new products like portable headsets, smart speakers and set-top boxes with the Amazon Alexa built-in.
The hardware manufacturers are iBall, Sirena Technologies, boAt and MyBox who have integrated Alexa into their products with the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) which enables developers to integrate Alexa directly into their products, bringing the convenience of voice control to any connected device.
All four devices will be available beginning next month, enabling customers to ask questions, play music, control smart home devices and more, the AVS said in a statement.
“Breathe-M” from iBall is a wireless Bluetooth over-ear headset with built-in Mic for just Rs 2,225 while “Vood” by Sirena Technologies is touted as one of the world’s smallest portable smart speakers for Rs 2,699.
“boAt Stone 700A” is a shock and water proof smart speaker for Rs 7,999 and “MyBox” Alexa Kit for the set-top box (STB), paired with a voice remote, costs just Rs 1,999.
Earlier Alexa built-in devices that were launched in India were Pulse 3 and Plus 3 Max headphones from Motorola for Rs 1,599 and Rs 2,599, respectively and Bose Home Speaker 500, Bose Soundbar 500, and Soundbar 700 for Rs 39,000, Rs 59,000 and Rs 79,000, respectively.
Amazon last month launched a new line-up of Echo devices and an Echo companion device in India.
At Rs 4,499, Echo Dot comes with a new speaker for crisper sound and an updated fabric design.