Amazon Alexa Available with Follow-Up Mode and New Innovations

Mar 11, 2018, 01:00
Amazon Alexa Available with Follow-Up Mode and New Innovations

CNET says that the follow-up mode setting is opt-in and is available for all device in the Echo lineup, as well as some third-party Echo devices. If you have anything else to ask her, you can just ask it without needing to say her name first. This is marked by the blue ring on an Echo device that stays lit up. Immediately following the AI's response, the user can say, "set the thermostat to 24", and Alexa will confirm the second command. It is often annoying while using digital assistants that you have to speak a particular "wake" word after every request, such as "Hey Siri" in the HomePod, "Ok Google" in Google Home, or "Alexa" in Amazon speakers.

Amazon Alexa has reportedly gained a new feature that will let users make successive requests without the requirement of an Echo speaker's trigger word.

Amazon said its planned fix will involve disabling the phrase, "Alexa, laugh", and changing the command to "Alexa, can you laugh?"

What do you think about Follow-Up Mode? Choose a device and scroll down to the newly added "Follow-Up Mode" toggle.

Locate and select your Echo device. The blue light will go out as usual to show that Alexa is no longer listening. For example, this follow-up mode will only work when Alexa is "confident" that the second command is not just background noise from a nearby TV or conversation. Currently, follow-up mode is only available in English, and will only work when Alexa isn't being used for another persistent activity such as listening to an audiobook or music.

So, it'll be interesting to see how well this feature works going forward. I suppose that's all part of the bug, and Amazon will make sure Alexa doesn't skip those important things.

The feature is now only available in US English in the US.

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