Tech-savvy users are now taking advantage of the yuletide holiday. If you are one of them, then you must be one of those who bought the famous Alexa-powered speaker device of Amazon. The company said in a statement that it sold 10 millions of Alexa-enabled devices this month.
Amazon sells Amazon Echo Dot or Echo Spot, and if you are one of the owners of the popular Echo smart speaker from Amazon, then you must know some basic information about Amazon’s smart speaker.
Below are 5 tasks that you must essentially learn on what you can do with the Alexa-enabled device.
Alexa essentials you should know
1. Know and learn the basics
For you to activate Alexa, you can activate her by saying, : Alexa, what can you do?.” By doing so, you will be able to know what are the capabilities of Amazon’s AI smart assistant. There are numerous tasks that Alexa performs such as creating reminders, create alarms, add events to the calendar, add items to your to-do list, get traffic information, and get the weather update, among others.
2. Play with Alexa’s skills
You can take advantage of Alexa’s skills if you want to be productive with your tasks. Amazon brags that Alexa has now more than 25, 000 voice apps featured in the Alexa Skills Store. The number of skills tripled now because of a year ago, Amazon’s AI assistant has only 5, 000 skills then. These skills include interacting with smart home devices, hear people sing or play jeopardy or even make payments online, among others.
3. Ask questions
Also, what makes Alexa more fun and engaging is that you can actually ask a question. You can let Alexa do some web searches and scan websites such as Wikipedia to answer specific questions with a wide range of topics such as popular people, current events, history, among others.
4. Get notifications
One of Alexa’s feature is its ability to deliver what Amazon calls a “proactive notifications.” Amazon claims that skills that are embedded with proactive notifications can trigger Alexa’s LED lights to ring to get the user’s attention. With proactive notifications, these notifications are visible lights glowing. In fact, the first skills with push notifications were Life360, AccuWeather, and Washington Post.
5. You can listen to music, news and audiobooks
With Alexa, you can play and listen to millions of songs featured in various music streaming services like IHeartMusic, Spotify, or Amazon Music. You can also ask Alexa to sort music by genres. Alexa can also play a certain type of music based on your activities-sleeping, cooking, working out or having a good night sleep.