Why your digital home assistant, Alexa, is laughing at you

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With Follow-Up Mode turned on, your Echo device will continue to listen for five seconds after responding to your original query.

Amazon has added a new feature for Alexa, its voice assistant that will let you make successive requests to the digital assistant without needing to repeat your Echo speaker's wake word, as noted by CNET.

With follow-up mode, users can give Alexa commands or requests back to back, without having to say "Alexa" for each one. If you don't, she'll just go back to sleep automatically without saying anything else.

Amazon buried a little switch in the Alexa app that allows its AI assistant to be a lot more conversational. For example, you won't be able to ask Alexa to turn your lights off and change the temperature of your house in the same sentence, but you can make one request and then follow it up with another one without needing to say "Alexa" again. So, users can't say something like, "Alexa, dim the lights and search for romantic comedies on Netflix". For instance, this follow-up mode only works when Alexa is "confident" the second command is not just background noise from a conversation or a program on TV. Go to settings, find the device you want to activate it on then toggle the slider for follow-up mode.

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Not anymore. Follow-Up Mode changes all that.

Though it is not clear as to how that works, Nevertheless, it probably is safe to be said that this feature may not function all of the time at first, or may end up registering some untrue positives from a Netflix show initially until Amazon over the time refines the follow-up mode.

Amazon warns that the feature will not work when your Echo device is playing music, books, or you're on a call through the device. This new feature is available to all Amazon Echo devices but so far it is only available in US English.



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