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

Alexa's new Follow-Up Mode can handle back-to-back requests

Alexa's new Follow-Up Mode can handle back-to-back requests

If you have a habit of peppering Alexa with multiple questions and commands, then you've probably gotten used to saying "Alexa" over and over to keep waking her up. The follow-up mode won't work, however, if Alexa isn't "confident you're speaking to her", according to Amazon. You'll be able to tell that she's still listening because the blue ring will still be on. 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.

"For example, if she detects that speech was background noise or that the intent of the speech was not clear", Amazon explained in a customer service page for Alexa.

They added: "In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh.' We are changing that phrase to be 'Alexa, can you laugh?' which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance 'Alexa, laugh'". ALEXA: "OK." (continues listening) YOU: "Set the thermostat to 68".

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Finally, say: "Alexa, open My Workouts". ALEXA: "OK, the heat is set to 68".

Amazon's Alexa smart home assistant just got a little bit smarter and a little bit easier to talk to. 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.

Scroll down to Follow-Up Mode and use the toggle to turn it on. They can end their conversation with Alexa by simply saying "thank you", "stop", "cancel", or "go to sleep". The feature appears to be an option for the entire Echo lineup, as well as some third-party Alexa devices, though it's now only available for US English.

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