Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Amazon introduces 'follow-up' mode for Alexa

Amazon introduces 'follow-up' mode for Alexa

The new feature is called Follow-Up Mode, and it has to be enabled by users before it can be used. If the device is ready for a follow-up question, the blue indicator light will flash, thereby indicating to the user that he/she can ask the next question.

If you want Amazon's Alexa digital assistant to do something for you all you need to do is say "Hey, Alexa" and it will wake up and start listening for a command.

If you are a regular user of Amazon Alexa then you'll know how annoying it can be to say the "Alexa" hotword before every question or command, especially when you want to ask several things one after another. You'll be able to tell that she's still listening because the blue ring will still be on. 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. At the very least it'll cut down the amount of times you have to say "Alexa" in any given day. 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 also notes that you can end the "conversation" in relatively normal fashion by saying something like "thank you", or "stop", while she's listening for a follow-up.

Scroll down to Follow-Up Mode and use the toggle to turn it on.

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. Moreover, it won't wait for follow-up commands if Alexa is streaming music or playing an audiobook.

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