Alexa can often be a bucket of information. You ask her something, she delivers a whole lot of intel. The problem, however, is that a lot of that info can sometimes feel like a glorified Google search. That's changing soon, as Amazon has announced they're going to enable 'Notifications for Alexa' over the next few months.
Once it's all ready to go, users can opt-in to notifications in the Alexa companion app. When you have a notification, your Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Show will emit a chime and display a pulsing green light. To hear your notifications, all you have to say is either "Alexa, what did I miss?" or "Alexa, what are my notifications?" Alexa will then read off your notifications.
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The first batch of developers to enable notifications will be AccuWeather, The Washington Post, JustEat and Life360. AccuWeather will send you weather updates, The Washington Post will send you breaking news, and JustEat will send you order updates. There's no word on what Life360 will do, but since it's a communication app it's likely to be message notifications. Oh, and of course, you'll be able to opt in to shopping updates from Amazon. You'll be able to suppress or disable notifications any time by turning on Do Not Disturb in the Alexa app.
There's no rigid timeline for when this will be enabled, we just know it'll be "in the coming months." It makes a ton of sense for Alexa to deliver breaking news and weather notifications, but it's also possible for these to get wildly out of control, with Alexa just continually reading off a never-ending mess of notifications.
Stil, it's interesting to see Amazon changing the way we interact with the Alexa platform, moving some of the work away from using voice and getting Alexa to deliver more information without having to be asked.
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