They had the idea of selling the device below cost, like selling a razor handle below cost to make money with the blades or selling a gaming machine below cost to make money with the games. They just forgot to do the second part. Or rather, they thought they would figure it out. They could have made money if it had been a subscription model. And you know what the greatest thing about this story is? They can't expect much from going to a subscription model now. Amazon has conditioned consumers all over the world to expect no fee for such a service. If they change to a subscription fee now, an open-source alternative will quickly spread.https://fedoramagazine.org/your-personal-voice-assistant-on-fedora-linux/
>expecting people to just ask the device to purchase a product when they know full well from their data collection that people are looking over what they buy before they make the choice, and often want to compare alternative products
how did they even make this blunder?
>>17786> If they change to a subscription fee now, an open-source alternative will quickly spread.
You mean you havent heard of Mycroft still?
Eeh. I want good capabilities out of the box when only running offline mode. The talk on r/mycroft r/homeassistant is rather negative. Their Mark II uses a different software and the user-written tools for the older model (which they aren't selling anymore) are incompatible with the new one. Maybe in two months the situation will be much better, but for this Christmas season they screwed themselves in my impression.