Amazon has introduced a new feature to improve Alexa's wake word accuracy on third-party devices, so that the AI assistant doesn't begin a conversation when hearing words similar to its name.
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.
Alexa, Amazon.com's voice-activated digital assistant, only speaks when spoken to. The first big exception to this rule came when Amazon announced a calling and messaging feature for Alexa devices earlier this May.
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Amazon is going to be adding notifications to its Alexa service, so that skills can provide you with information as it becomes available, unprompted, as opposed to only in response to active voice queries made by a user.
Users can also ask "Alexa, what did I miss?" or "Alexa, what are my notifications?" They won't receive any notifications from skills that they've not allowed to send them notifications. Many users of Alexa devices are not at home during the day, and coming home to a daily barrage of notifications is not a pleasant user experience, to say the least. Companies like AccuWeather, the Washington Post, Just Eat, and Life360 are all gearing up for the launch of the feature, which means you'll soon be able to get notifications for weather updates, breaking news stories, etc. A green notification light spins around the top of the Echo showing a user that there's a voice message; the same light will be used as a notification indicator for third-party apps.