Amazon Alexa Available with Follow-Up Mode and New Innovations

Angelica Greene
March 11, 2018

Amazon is calling the new setting "follow-up mode", and while it won't let you nest one request into another, it will let you ask make multiple requests back to back. If you have anything else to ask her, you can just ask it without needing to say her name first. It works on all Echo devices and some other Alexa-enabled third-party gear as well.

Amazon buried a little switch in the Alexa app that allows its AI assistant to be a lot more conversational.

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. However, the more interesting this is that users can end the follow-up "conversation" with Alexa by saying words such as "thank you", or "stop".

"Every time Alexa laughs, an angel dies", entrepreneur and innovator Elon Musk joked in a Twitter exchange on the development.

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On paper, follow-up mode sounds useful enough. When a request is made and the associated action completed, the blue light on your device will stay lit for five seconds to indicate Alexa is still listening. Select the appropriate device, scroll down until you see the Follow-Up mode slider and toggle it.

Go to Alexa on the web.

In a statement, Amazon said: "In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh'". Also, Alexa may not be confident you're speaking to her if she "detects that speech was background noise or that the intent of the speech was not clear". For now, follow-up is only offered in English and only works when Alexa isn't doing a continuous command, such as reading an audiobook or making a call.

The feature is now only available in US English in the US.

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