Amazon CEO Andy Jassy says voice is the future: Clicking on apps is 'so circa 2005'

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Andy Jesse took over as the CEO of Amazon in July.

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Amazon’s new CEO, Andy Jesse, predicts that customers will eventually make their purchases from their new Amazon-made Fire TV Omni or Fire TV 4-Series. It’s part of the company’s effort to wean you away from tapping on apps, an experience that, Jassi said in an interview with CNBC on Tuesday, will soon feel outdated.

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“When you experience the best voice apps, it’s almost like tapping on an app from 2005,” he said in the interview. The company made the TVs available for preorder in September, and they join Amazon’s Alexa empire for in-home, voice-activated devices the company hopes will improve how consumers interact with the Internet. The company also offers original viewing content from Amazon Studios, which is available for viewing through Prime Video, and aims to build its TV and movie business with it. MGM. pending acquisition of.

In addition, Jassi said the company has “a very important relationship” with the NFL. For this, the league has partnered with Amazon. thursday night football, Which will air 15 games exclusively on Amazon in 2022. company is allegedly at the fore To stream NFL’s Sunday Night games as well. Jassi did not address Amazon’s interest in the Sunday Night Football deal.

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Jassi interviewed a little more than two months later take the helm on amazon on 5 july . He had led the company’s biggest money maker – Amazon Web Services – since its launch in 2006. Jassi’s selection as Amazon CEO came as no surprise to analysts, who saw him as an Amazon insider who worked closely with Bezos. more than two decades.

The executive told CNBC that he wanted to get his wife’s input before accepting the top job.

He is settling into the top role at the company as it recovers from pandemic chaos, with rapid turnover in its warehouses and breakdowns in supply chains for its goods – but also in a time of hypothetical growth. Later a year of unprecedented revenue Company sales in Amazon’s retail business a little slow at the end in the second quarter of 2021. Jassi acknowledged Amazon’s pandemic success, predicting that growth in 18 months would be worth roughly two or three years’ worth of growth.

While the pandemic continues, Jassi said, Amazon’s corporate employees won’t be working remotely forever. “We’ll have a lot of people in the offices,” he said, in a “meaningful amount.”

He did not specify whether the company would adopt a more hybrid model or give a timeline for filling the company’s offices.

For the company’s fulfillment centers, where employees are working individually during the pandemic, Jassi said safety is the first priority. The company has come under criticism for its damage rates as well COVID prevention methods At the start of the pandemic, and more recently vowed to be the safest place to work on Earth. The company has launched New health and safety initiatives To help prevent physical injuries caused by the intense labor of lifting, repetitive motions and walking miles involved in warehouse work.

Amidst these promises, Amazon is under strict scrutiny for its labor practices. Just before stepping down as CEO, founder Jeff Bezos told shareholders that the company was The Pledge to Be “Earth’s Best Employer” Amazon’s Commitment check in working condition And Its functions during the union-organization effort At a warehouse in Alabama earlier this year.

Additionally, the US Federal Trade Commission is investigating the company. for breach of trust, and Amazon faces a separate antitrust lawsuit by New York’s attorney general. The FTC is now led by antitrust reformer Lina Khan, whose legal scholarship has focused on the methods of Amazon and other tech giants. can be seen as a competitive force on the American economy. Amazon has pushed back those arguments, as well. demand for separation of mines Investigations into the company on the grounds that his previous academic writings suggest that he is biased.

Amazon said on Tuesday that it is increasing average starting salary $18 per hour in warehouses. Jassi emphasized the full health and 401(k) benefits the company’s warehouse workers receive, in addition to the company’s options for training opportunities. full college tuition. The company advocates a $15 federal minimum wage.

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