This Alexa update will make you so happy in the kitchen

The new update, available on devices like the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, will see Alexa respond to questions like: "Alexa, what is the polling like?"

Amazon also announced today that Echo or Echo Dot users can create countdown timers with custom names. For a dinner, you could set multiple named timers to let you know when to pull specific dishes from the oven or stovetop. They are available in the U.S. now and are coming to the United Kingdom and Germany soon.

The smart speaker market continues to intrigue, with rumours that Apple may soon enter with their own native device to challenge Echo and Google Home. For example, if you say "Alexa, remind me to call my mother at 3PM". And now, a new set of features will help users stay organized at all times. Alexa also works with G suite accounts, Google/Gmail accounts, Office 365 commercial customers with Exchange Online mailboxes, and Outlook.com email accounts (including all Outlook.com, Hotmail, Live, or MSN email accounts). So if you say, "Alexa, remind me to stop making covfefe jokes in 10 minutes", your trusty AI helper will flash blue and alert you via voice command that maybe, after you've had the chance to craft one last masterpiece zinger, it might be time to retire covfefe jokes.

The Echo's abilities were already far-reaching, including voice-activated weather reports, playing music, setting alarms, and controlling other smart devices in your home. These can all be viewed and managed in Alerts & Alarms section of the Alexa app. You can even ask Alexa how long a timer is left to run.

How do I download the new Amazon Echo Alexa update?

MacRumors noted the feature makes iCloud Calendar the latest calendar service to be supported by Alexa.

When is the Amazon Echo Alexa update coming to the UK?

  • Arturo Norris