AMAZON ALEXA will let third parties use their microphone and speech processing tech:
What this means to us,
There are still many 3rd pary OEMs who use alexa but Amazon uses its Own Hardware there. But now Amazon Will let third party OEMs to use their Far Field Development Kit, so now third pary can use their own hardware with alexa and therefore now thirdparty OEMs develop better ALEXA devices.
Third party OEMs also get amazon software support for alexa. The softwares are Amazons proprietary engine for wake word recognition, noise reduction, beamforming and echo cancellation that all used with alexa.
Amazon is whey ahead of google in Voice Recognization AI market with Alexa when Google Assistant is only for pixel devices but now Google Assistant covers alot of market because its now available on all third pary OEMs devices now Amazon tries to cover that gap and allows third pary OEMs to use their Alexa with their own hardware. Now the game is really very intresting.