Bowers & Wilkins has announced the introduction of Alexa Skills to be used on all Formation Suite products, which include wireless speakers and a sound bar. The functionality enables the use of voice via an Alexa enabled device (e.g. Amazon Echo) to control speakers, creating easy access to Amazon Music Unlimited, Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, SiriusXM, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn, with several more to be added in the coming months, according to B&W. The Introduction of Alexa into the Formation suite of products will be done via an Over The Air update to be made available in the early part of this year.
“We are creating an ecosystem of products that will grow and improve over time therefore, this is a natural and very exciting step towards our continual improvement of Formation Suite,” says Bowers & Wilkins CEO, Greg Lee.
HTF attended the Formation launch in London last year at which B&W emphasized its commitment to continually improving the Formation Suite of products, so it appears they are being true to their word. The company has also introduced an enhanced version of the “Bowers and Wilkins Home” app (available Q2 of this year) allowing users to broaden access to streaming music sites like Tidal, Qobuz and Deezer. Content is aggregated through the app, enabling browsing of albums, playlists, radio stations and other high resolution content.
For more information about the Formation line of products, visit B&W.