Amazon's Alexa-everywhere strategy has taken a step forward following the UK release of an update to Triby, a third-party home assistant that now integrates Amazon's always-listening AI into the product.
The Triby home assistant is made by French company Invoxia. It was launched some time ago but, until today, one of the killer features it was supposed to have - integration with the voice assistant - has been conspicuously missing.
That has now changed with support for UK English and German rolled out to the companion app today.
Triby is a decent piece of kit, even without Alexa. It's a high quality, low-profile speaker, with the ability to make calls to other devices and other users over IP, Spotify Connect, internet radio and Bluetooth.
You can leave visual messages on its e-ink screen, with a little pop-out flag on the side of the device which reveals when there is a message.
Designed as a kitchen speaker, Triby is even magnetic, sticking to the fridge for an ultra-low profile. We also found it great for the bedroom, where you might not want always-on listening.
Alexa can either be triggered with always-on listening, as is the case with Amazon Echo, or it can be set to respond via a push button, if you prefer a less always-on experience.
"As one of our first Alexa Fund companies, it's great to see Triby Family offer their customers Alexa integration today," said Steve Rabuchin, vice president of Amazon Alexa.
"We believe voice is the most natural way to interact with technology in your home, which is one reason we've made access to the Alexa Voice Service available to device makers and developers for free."
V3 has been sitting on Triby for several months, but has held off reviewing the product until the arrival of the promised Alexa integration.
Now, existing devices can be updated in an upgrade process that take just two minutes.
Invoxia has a pedigree in voice-over-IP (VoIP) handsets and bridges between call and mobile, which is reflected in the 'intercom' aspect of Triby. Its latest product is the NVX200, a docking station for your mobile which turns it into a desk phone, which we'll be reviewing soon in a 'Pimp my desk' feature.
A new version of Triby, known as Triby IO, is also in the works. It will include an even wider range of smart home integration.
Triby Family (the current edition) is available now for a mere £155 from Mobilefun.
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