Amazon Alexa will be a better listener after this next update

Alexa goes to school to communicate. Starting soon, you will not have to constantly say Alexa's name to get her attention during a conversation: Alexa will continue to listen and respond until you finish asking questions.

The idea, according to the head of Alexa Brain, Ruhi Sarikaya, is to create an interaction & # 39; without friction & # 39; with the personal assistant. Sarikaya made the announcement in a masterful presentation at the World Wide Web Conference in Lyon, France.

In the future, that will mean that Alexa will be able to continue conversations more naturally, p. Eg. You can ask about today's weather, tomorrow's weather and next week's weather, all without stopping the conversation to say & # 39; Alexa & # 39; in the middle of each query.

In addition to that, Sarikaya detailed his plans to add a reminder system to Alexa so that the personal assistant can track long-term reminders such as birthdays, and better integrate the skills in their conversations. (If you ask about removing a stain on your shirt, for example, Alexa could mention the Tide Stain Remover skill that guides you through the process step by step.)

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These improvements will be implemented for the United States , United Kingdom and Germany first, says Sarikaya, but refrained from giving an exact date as to when we might expect the update to arrive.

Despite the lack of an official release date, these improvements should slightly excite the owners of the Amazon Echo. , Amazon Echo Dot and Amazon Echo Show: in many ways, they will improve the naturalness of the conversations you have with Alexa in the future.

This could also help Alexa catch up with the Google Assistant, as some of these features, such as reminders, have been part of the Google Assistant programming for a while.

Via The Verge