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Amazon updates Alexa so you don't have to say 'Alexa' repeatedly

Amazon updates Alexa so you don't have to say 'Alexa' repeatedly

Several users have recently complained about digital assistant Alexa's random laughs and refusal to take commands from users. It's noted that previously, Echo speaker owners could use the call feature to make free calls or send messages to other Echo owners. The new announcement includes, Android and iOS platforms. For other Alexa-enabled Fire tablets, you are simply required to tap the home button first, while other users are required to open the Alexa app.

With the new update, users, who wish to ask queries to Alexa, can now do so without having to call out to Alexa each time, TechCrunch reported. How easy it is depends on the device. Before Alexa can make phone calls or text people, you will need to allow permissions to get into and access your Contacts. The latest update to the app now lets you place audio and video calls with Alexa as well as send messages to your contacts with its help.

While the new feature is very useful, you still need an Echo device to be able to make calls to a landline. The icing on the cake is the fact that it costs just $30, which is the same price you'll pay for a single Alexa smart plug from a top brand.

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REUTERS/Peter HobsonThe Amazon Echo, a voice-controlled virtual assistant, is seen at its product launch for Britain and Germany in London, Britain, September 14, 2016.

"Drop In is for the special cases when you want to connect instantly with your closest family and friends or other Echo devices in your home", Amazon explains.


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