Amazon Alexa Now Answers Old Questions

09 August, 2018, 21:17 | Author: Patty Hardy
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According to a report published by The Information, only 2% of people who own Amazon Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo have used them to make an online purchase in 2018.

"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".

Amazon Alexa is undoubtedly one of the best voice-based digital assistant available in the market.

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The feature was first spotted by Voicebot. Anyone who has an Echo device or a third-party Alexa-enabled device can get a TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini for $10 with coupon code SMART10. Once a user receives that update, Alexa will verbally ask the user if they want to enable Answer Updates. When asked to define the feature, Alexa said: "If you ask me a question and I don't know the answer, but I find out later, I'll notify you". 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".

In response to the report, Amazon stated that "millions of customers use Alexa to shop because it is the most convenient way to capture needs in the moment". As Alexa is ever improving and evolving with its environment, the feature is a reminder of Amazon's efforts at expanding the knowledge graph of the digital assistant. When you're done, just say "Alexa, checkout", and she'll send a direct link so you can review your cart, choose a two-hour delivery window and pay.

Alex now leads the smart speaker market share but has received a stiff competition from Google's Knowledge Graph, which is reportedly far more advanced than the later. EMarketer found that 66% of US smart-speaker users used an Amazon Echo at least once a month, compared with 29.5% who used Google Home. Notably, the Answer Update feature will be an opt-in feature that is expected to roll out to Amazon Alexa users over the next week.

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