Alexa is always getting smarter, and we’re here to help keep you up with the latest. Check out some recent highlights:Trends
- Customers asked Alexa more cooking-related questions during a single week in April than Thanksgiving week last year – typically the busiest time for these questions.
number of times customers have asked “what time is it?” recently is down – “Alexa, what day is it?” is up.
- Customers asked Alexa more questions about the NFL Draft than ever before.New Alexa Features
- Drop In for all of your devices
– Customers can now use group Drop In to instantly connect all of their Echo devices into a group conversation. Simply say, “Alexa, drop in on all devices” to start an audio intercom call to have conversations like “what should we have for dinner?” or “does anyone want anything from grocery store?”
- Reminders on all devices
– Customers in the U.S. can now set reminders to play across all their Alexa devices, a frequently requested feature. In the Alexa app, customers can choose “All devices” when creating an individual reminder or enable the feature for all reminders by going to Settings > Reminders and opting into “Announce on all devices.”
- Photo sharing and reactions
– You can easily share photos with your Alexa contacts from your Echo Show and the Alexa app. Now, when someone shares a photo with you, you can send a reaction back by choosing one of three animated emoji options, including “laugh,” “love,” and “wow.”
- Daily Music Pick
– Amazon Music revealed Daily Music Pick, a new Alexa feature in which artists provide customers with daily music recommendations. Just say “Alexa, play the Daily Music Pick” and each day a new artist will select a song, album, or playlist that they’ve been enjoying at home. Artists featured on the skill have included Latin superstar Bad Bunny, Pete Wentz, Kelsea Ballerini, Brendan Benson, and more.Alexa Skills
- The Alexa Developer Rewards (ADR) program is now available to developers in Australia and New Zealand. ADR enables skill developers publishing to the Australia Skill Store to receive royalties based on skill engagement. More information can be found on the Alexa Developer Blog
- Echo Auto in Australia
– Echo Auto – the first devices designed for use on the road – lets you have Alexa as your driving companion, and is now available for pre-order in Australia.
- Alexa is now available for Volkswagen Golf 8 customers in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain
– Customers can download the Alexa “WebApp” in the VW Webstore to enable Alexa. Once enabled, customers can use their voice or tap-to-talk to ask Alexa for help with music and news, controlling smart home devices and much more.
- Pioneer’s new flagship line of NEX in-dash receivers with Alexa built-in announced in the US, EU and Japan
– The new line of in-car receivers let customers ask Alexa to play music, read Audible content, check the weather and more — using just their voice. Pioneer also developed a specific skill that allows customers to use Alexa to control certain functions of the Pioneer in-dash receiver, such as switching the audio playback source (Bluetooth Audio, USB, tuner, etc.), changing radio presets, changing audio settings (bass/treble levels, equalizer settings, etc.) and more.Alexa Built-In
- Authorized Test Labs (ATL) for Alexa Built-in devices
are now available for developers, allowing device makers and solution providers to work directly with Authorized Test Labs for Alexa Built-in certification and testing. More information can be found on the Alexa Developer Blog.
- Lenovo announced another way to enjoy versatility and personal connection at home with the upgraded Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus (2nd Gen) with Alexa Built-in
, which enables the popular hands-free ‘Show Mode’ experience from Alexa when docked and charging in its Smart Dock.
- Sonos announced Sonos Arc, a new premium smart soundbar with Alexa Built-in.
Designed for big screen TVs, Arc customers can use Alexa for hands-free control of their home theater systems. The Sonos Arc is available June 10.To learn more, visit the All Things Alexa page, a comprehensive guide for Alexa features and the best place to discover and explore what Alexa can do. To learn more about Alexa and privacy, visit the Alexa Privacy Hub a resource available globally that’s dedicated to helping customers learn more about our approach to privacy and the controls they have.