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Amazon to bring opt-in notifications to Alexa

17 May 2017, 02:15 | Mildred Bowen

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The function will work relatively similar to Amazon Alexa's new voice calling feature, which allows users to ask Alexa on an Amazon Echo to read out voice messages left by other Alexa users.

To enable the feature, devices will need an update.

In a move that's sure to destroy your sanity, Amazon is giving Alexa one of the most hated features in the world: notifications.

Now, however, Alexa can chime in without instructions to "alert customers with information that's important to them".

Granted, there are not many words we can think of that can be confused with "Alexa", but there are certain phrases that might trip up devices.

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The announcement was targeted at developers who make skills for Alexa and includes instructions for how developers can modify their apps to be ready for users.

This functionality will require developers to use new tools that Amazon announced on Tuesday, including the Alexa Voice Service and Alexa Skills Kit, which will be available soon. They won't receive any notifications from skills that they've not allowed to send them notifications.

Notifications will be opt-in, so don't worry about your Echo devices all of a sudden buzzing at you with unwanted info. "Users can simply ask, 'Alexa, what did I miss?' or 'Alexa, what are my notifications?'"

It will be interesting to see how developers use this feature in the future. The ability to make phone calls and send messages with an Alexa-enabled device was made available last week. This is pretty useful as this also means that the Echo will not be ruining the ambiance of your house on its own by yelling out news all the time.



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