Amazon Makes It Easier To Give Follow-Up Commands To Alexa

Olive Hawkins
March 12, 2018

According to one Reddit user, their Alexa joined in after overhearing her owner and their cat miaowing at each other.

Alexa-enabled devices have been updated to allow users follow up with a second question for Alexa without needing to say "Alexa" again, CNET reported Friday, allowing for a more natural conversation. The blue ring on your Alexa device of choice will light up during these five seconds to indicate that she's listening. The mode won't listen to just anything that's said though, but will instead look out for things that it thinks it's being asked. If you don't, she'll just go back to sleep automatically without saying anything else. This means that the user will have to clearly issue the command because if they don't, Alexa probably won't separate it from the background noise.

Finally, say: "Alexa, open My Workouts".

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YOU: "Alexa, turn off the lights". ALEXA: "OK, the heat is set to 68".

The company suggested in an email that the laughs had occurred "in rare circumstances" because the speaker was picking up a "false positive" for the command "Alexa, laugh". If you need a lot doing, you can end up saying "Alexa" so many times that it starts to sound like a fake word or that you're going slightly mad talking to someone who isn't actually real. Amazon acknowledged on Wednesday that some of its Alexa-enabled devices have developed a new skill: creeping out their owners with unexpected and unwarranted bursts of robotic laughter. Select the device in question, then scroll down and toggle the Follow-up Mode slider into the on position (it's off by default).

Sorry, this content isn't available on your device. Moreover, it won't wait for follow-up commands if Alexa is streaming music or playing an audiobook.

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