A Landmark Day for ONVOCAL™: OV™ is the First Headphone to Earn Amazon Alexa Voice and Music Services Certifications

A Landmark Day for ONVOCAL™: OV™ is the First Headphone to Earn Amazon Alexa Voice and Music Services Certifications

Amazon’s Alexa voice service made headlines earlier this year at the annual consumer tech bacchanalia that is the CES show in Vegas. This Wired magazine headline sums up Alexa’s presence at CES nicely, “Alexa Just Conquered CES. The World Is Next”. All that media attention may give you the impression that Amazon simply rubber-stamps a manufacturer’s application to integrate Amazon Voice Service (AVS) into its device. Just the opposite is true. That’s why we’re proud to announce that our OV is the first and only pair of headphones to receive both the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) and Amazon Music Service certifications.

This achievement means we can provide OV users with untethered voice controlled access to over 7,000 Alexa skills for information, services, shopping, and smart home control, as well as, streaming content from Amazon Music Unlimited, Prime Music, Audible, Kindle, iHeartRadio and TuneIn Radio.

At CES, we saw dozens of products featuring Alexa integration. We also knew that behind the scenes, select manufacturers like ONVOCAL were working directly with Amazon’s Alexa team to ensure their products meet the strict standards and guidelines Amazon has established for integrating AVS. (If you’re curious about what Amazon requires, you can read its developer guidelines here).

But for us, achieving AVS certification was just step one.

When Amazon does grant a manufacturer access to AVS, that does not necessarily include certification for the suite of music, book, and radio streaming services through AVS, which encompasses not just Amazon Music, but also includes Kindle, Audible, TuneIn and iHeart Radio, but for ONVOCAL voice controlled streaming content was a ‘must have’ since our customers spend hours everyday listening to audio entertainment and news.

So our second step was to work with Amazon to secure access to Amazon Music Services. We’ve received that certification, marking a significant milestone in the evolution of both the OV headphones and our company.

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