Amazon Alexa will soon fill you in with voice notifications

Amazon Alexa will soon fill you in with voice notifications

Amazon Alexa will soon fill you in with voice notifications

Granted, there are not many words we can think of that can be confused with "Alexa", but there are certain phrases that might trip up devices.

The retail giant said Tuesday that it would debut a new feature for its Alexa voice-activated assistant that lets businesses and developers notify people of new information via skills.

Amazon is working hard to improve Alexa and establish it as a force to be reckoned with in the smart assistant category.

Technically, users can still receive information from Alexa - However, they need to prompt the device for it.

If you're an Alexa skill developer, you might have to wait a while before you can add notifications to your skills - Amazon says the updated SDK will arrive "in the coming months". Amazon has said that all skill notifications will require the user to opt in first, with the options to disable notifications by skill or to temporarily suppress all of them with a Do Not Disturb mode. When your Echo has pending notifications, indicated by a chime and pulsing green light, you can ask "Alexa, what did I miss?" or "Alexa, what are my notifications?" to hear them. Owners of the Amazon Echo will soon be able to walk in the front door and ask it to read out any notifications from various third parties, such as the latest headlines from The Washington Post or weather threats from AccuWeather. That means developers will have to design an experience that doesn't overwhelm users who are away from the Echo for hours at a time, while still being useful to those who are constantly around it.

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