The cylindrical Bluetooth speaker from Amazon, Echo has got a new skill yesterday. The company announced that the very new form of voice assistant that has been now loaded with Amazon Alexa which reads latest trends, tweets, notifications and more for the users.
Users can now ask their voice assistant Echo, “Alexa, ask Twitter what is happening?” Twitter also has added “Just #AskAlexa” hashtag, so the new feature apparently doesn’t support push notifications just yet.
Here are few of the commands that could be asked from Amazon Alexa:
- Alexa, find my Chinese restaurant.
- Alexa, re-order paper towels.
- Alexa, Whats on my calender today?
- Alexa, set timer for 20 minutes.
- Alexa, play adele from Prime music.
- Alexa, what’s my commute?
In addition, the official account of Twitter, tweeted that you can now “use the Twitter Reader to hear trends, top Tweets, notifications & more!”
— Twitter (@Twitter) September 9, 2016
Besides these new commands, the Amazon Echo, the online retail giant had introduced the speaker with a capability to execute voice commands or do the given tasks. It can set an alarm for you, play music and lot more. All you have to do is call her name, which is ‘Alexa.’
Talking about the hardware, this speaker is normally a Bluetooth enabled speaker but has seven microphones on the top that makes it different from all of the sound emitting devices in this category. The Echo can hear your voice from any corner of the room, and it can eliminate noise and disturbance that might get in while you are giving it a command. It has a 360-degree speaker, allowing you to hear the quality sound. It supports a Bluetooth connectivity for streaming the music across different devices and a built-in support of music from Amazon Music Library, Prime Music, Tune In and iHeartRadio.
What’s amazing about this speaker is that it can serve almost every query you may throw at it, according to some of the reviews the Alexa was able to pull up the results from Wikipedia.
The Echo is ready to be shipped, and it has an in-built support for the Amazon Fire smartphone and the Android. iOS users can also take a full advantage of it by using the web app in Safari. The Echo can setup purchases, alarms, reminders and lot more with the use of few simple command. It is probably the very first speaker in the world to have such features and apparently Amazon is going to recover the loss it had due to the failure of Fire phone.
The company is currently selling this speaker for $179 (~Rs. 12,000), while the device with a LIFX color Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb is priced at $231.98 (~Rs. 15,500). This LED bulb could be controlled by your voice using Amazon Echo.