Amazon wants to make your life easy if you have Alexa-powered speakers and hate walking up to every room to call everyone for dinner. Well, that's about to change. The company is rolling out a new feature called Alexa Announcements which will turn a user's multiple Echo speakers into an intercom system.
Amazon believes that "millions of customers" use multiple Echo speakers in their homes. With the new feature, users will be able to use all those speakers together using only one voice command without having to set up an extra accessory.
For instance, if a user wants to call all family members to the table, users can say, "Alexa, announce that dinner is ready," and all the Echo speakers in the house will together announce that the supper's ready.
It's still not clear whether the new feature will make way to other Alexa-enabled devices such as Fire tablets, but it's pretty evident that only smart speakers will have this feature. The company also announced that the new feature will only be rolled out for users in the US and Canada.
Earlier, there were reports about a new 'Brief Mode' will be released for the AI assistant Alexa. The new mode reportedly replaces few of Alexa's spoken responses with simple beeps.
While this isn't a something very meaningful considering the way in which Alexa works, it would make the user-Alexa interactions less verbal and straightforward. There are times when you don't need a verbal confirmation that Alexa has accomplished something.
If the reports are to believed, Alexa users will be able to toggle between on and off for the Brief mode through the Alexa app. Users who opt for the new mode will see a message that says, "In this mode, Alexa speaks less, and for some simple messages plays a short sound instead of a voice response."
Amazon keeps adding new skills to its virtual assistant Alexa to make the user experience more seamless. The company recently added a new skill that enables users to create their Amazon Music Playlist using voice commands. Users can also add a new song using the voice commands, or create a new playlist with a song as the first track.