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Amazon devices sale jumped 80% during festive season : Dave Limp

Amazon's Alexa could soon pay your bills for you -- that's the word from senior vice president of Amazon Devices David Limp. In a conversation with CNBC-TV18's Mugdha Variyar, Limp said that voice assistants like Alexa could become more proactive in the future.
On Alexa's skills Limp said, "When we started a couple of years ago, we had 10,000 skills. Skills that kind of bubble to the top in individual markets - devotion was one such. It is amazing how popular they have been here. Another skill that has been very popular is education. There is such a fundamental culture of education in India in general and that has seen itself in skills, not only in what developers are making but also how customers are using them to educate not only themselves but also their children."
On bill payments through Alexa, he said, "The reason why we did it here first is that payments are so commonplace here. People are familiar with electronic payments, they understand it and when we try to add a new feature or skill we try to think of things that are going to make people's life convenient. Paying those bills in the traditional way is not impossible but it has got some friction to it. So, being able to do it with just your voice we think reduces that friction and makes it easier for customers."