Alexa will support notifications in an upcoming update

Mandy Carr
May 17, 2017

The skit, starring Kenan and Kel alumni Kenan Thompson and Ghostbusters star Kate McKinnon, introduces the Amazon Echo Silver; "the only smart speaker to be designed exclusively by the greatest generation".

Amazon on Monday announced a new feature that improves wake-word accuracy on Alexa-powered gadgets.

Amazon is adding notifications to its voice-enabled assistant, allowing users to choose to receive alerts via their Echo devices when one of the services they use has new information waiting for them.

"With this update, the wake word engine (WWE) on the device handles the initial detection of 'Alexa, ' and then a secondary cloud-based check verifies the utterance", Alexa Voice Service Content Marketing Manager Ted Karczewski explained in a blog post.

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The technology is available today, but to take advantage of it users will have to update their device's firmware when it is made available by the manufacturer. Notifications will first become available to The Washington Post, AccuWeather, Just Eat, and Life360. "Users can simply ask, 'Alexa, what did I miss?" or 'Alexa, what are my notifications?' and Alexa will inform users of the latest breaking news".

Amazon is adding two-step verification of the "Alexa" wake word to make sure Alexa-enabled devices respond when they're supposed to. 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.

These notifications will make their way to you through a chime and green light on the ring on the Echo device you are using at the moment.

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