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Amazon Fire TV devices to get new hands-free features through Alexa

Amazon Alexa will now provide Fire TV devices with additional hands-free functionality, Amazon has confirmed. Until now, you could only ask your Echo devices to open specific shows or apps on Fire TV devices. Now, through a new update, you can use Alexa to answer more general inquiries using a new "show me" command. In practice, this can be used in a number of ways, such as "Alexa, show me the weather," "Alexa, show me the calendar," and "Alexa, show me my shopping list." Additionally, you can now use voice commands to search for content and navigate your Fire TV device. For example, you can say "Alexa, search for comedies" and then choose the content you want by saying "Alexa, select the number 4." You can even say "Alexa, play...
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Amazon Rolls Out Updated Version of its Alexa App for iOS

Aiming to offer a more personalized experience, Amazon has today rolled out an updated version of its Alexa app for iOS, Android, and Fire OS devices. To increase focus on how consumers are actually using Alexa, the revamped app has removed its third-party skill suggestions from the main screen (via TechCrunch). The new and improved Alexa app presents an updated home screen with a big Alexa button at the top. A list of personalized suggestions based on the consumers’ usage of the app follows, with some users also presented with controls for features that are frequently accessed or currently active. The revamped Alexa app also offers more tips on what to do on mobile for first-time users. New users may see suggestions about playing songs with Amazon Music or prompts to manage t...
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Amazon’s Alexa Mobile App Gets New Alexa ‘Hands-Free’ Feature

Amazon has today introduced a new ‘hands-free’ feature to its Alexa app for iOS and Android that allows users to use the virtual assistant to play music, make lists, control their smart home devices, and more, without having to touch their smartphones, Tech Crunch is reporting. Previously, users had to tap the blue Alexa button at the bottom of the screen within the Alexa app before the digital assistant would start listening but now, they can simply launch the app and speak to Alexa as they normally would to get started with the hands-free experience right away. As soon as Alexa detects the wake word, an animated blue line appears at the bottom of the app’s screen to indicate the assistant is streaming the request to the cloud.After updating the app, customers will be prese...