Amazon Alexa Can Now Set Reminders, Named Timers

It might seem that way, since the update involves the ability to set reminders for specific events, as well as the ability to name your timers individually.

Alexa has been able to control smart light fixtures for some time now - with Hue support, for example, being added back in April 2015. Considering how common and useful setting a timer is, the addition is one that should've been available since Alexa's inception. "Alexa, set a timer for a minute and a half".

Thankfully the Echo update adds named timers, so you can set a number of different ones simultaneously. Now, if you have multiple timers at once, you can browse them up through the Alexa app.They are available in the US now and are coming to the United Kingdom and Germany soon.

The Amazon Echo has now been out for nearly two years, but it's been missing a pretty critical feature that probably should have been available at launch: reminders. You can also ask Alexa to remind you to do things like put the laundry in the dryer, pay bills, or send your dad a Father's Day card.

Amazon Alexa just learned a few new tricks that should make it easier for you to stay on top of all your adulting. According to the site's unnamed sources, Amazon will ship more than 10 million Echo speakers in 2017.

You can check your list of active timers from within the Alexa app, if you want an overview of everything at once. For each step of the way you can have Alexa set a named timer so that each element in the cooking process has its own timer and you'll immediately know what it's for when the timer goes off, which should ultimately make the process go a lot smoother.

It is important to note that reminders are device specific, which means that the reminder set on your Amazon Echo at home will not be able to alert you of the same through the Echo device in your office. The reason for that is that some of these apps help you keep several balls up in the air on any given day.

When is the Amazon Echo Alexa update coming to the UK? They are available in the U.S. now and are coming to the United Kingdom and Germany soon. In other words, you should be able to use these new commands and features from the middle of June 2017.

  • Arturo Norris