Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Answer Update lets Alexa get back to you when she's stumped

Answer Update lets Alexa get back to you when she's stumped

Users can see whether they have access to the new feature now by saying, "Alexa, turn on Answer Update".

"With just a tap of the steering wheel, customers will be able to ask Alexa for music, points of interest and much more without taking eyes off the road".

Alexa is a powerful virtual digital assistant from Amazon.

The feature was first spotted by Voicebot.


Now, the voice-based digital assistant is going to get a new skill that will enable it to notify the users when it learns new things or primarily the answers to the questions it didn't have an answer for before. That's because of a variety of factors, one of them being that every time Alexa is unable to return Amazon Choice's product that is the line of the product selected by undisclosed method-it recites a jingle-jangle sequence of search-optimized trash. To disable the skill the command required will be "Alexa, turn off Answer Updates". It could add a layer of sophistication to Alexa, which today often replies to queries with something like, "Sorry, I didn't understand the question".

"Millions of customers use Alexa to shop because it is the most convenient way to capture needs in the moment", an Amazon spokesperson told the site. Alexa exclaims it has no idea, and you begin gazing deeply within the blue hue of the smart speaker's faux-mind and offer the look of a disappointed parent, or an owner whose pet has just pissed on the kitchen floor. As it stands, Echo smart speaker (and Google Home) owners are far more likely to ask simple questions, like what the weather will be like. However, Google has been catching up with reports estimating that its clout in the smart speaker market will grow both overseas and in the United States, in the months ahead.

As Amazon staff continue to fill in the gaps in Alexa's brain, the opt-in feature will be rolled out randomly to users.

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