Amazon Alexa calling and messaging comes to Fire, Android and iOS tablets

Alexa's new Follow-Up Mode can handle back-to-back requests

The basic idea is simple, and obvious in hindsight.

When Amazon launched the Echo Show in May 2017, it introduced Alexa calling and messaging, a free-to-use feature that lets Amazon Echo owners and those with the Alexa app on their smartphone to make and receive calls and messages. The blue ring on your Alexa device of choice will light up during these 5 seconds to indicate that she's listening. One fix will involve disabling the phrase: "Alexa, laugh", and they have also changed the command to "Alexa, can you laugh?"

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After purchasing an Amazon Alexa-enabled device, you may have found yourself saying the wake word "Alexa" more times in a given day than you're comfortable with.

There were even claims that when a user told Alexa to turn off the lights, the AI assistant "refused" to and laughed while doing the opposite. Just make sure you have the latest Alexa app installed, have it synced with your contacts and you can then ask Alexa to call or send messages to friends and family, or drop in with any Echo device you have in your contacts. ALEXA: "OK, the heat is set to 68".

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You will no longer need to be around your Echo Speaker to make free calls and messages with Alexa. Alexa will not respond to follow-up requests "if she detects that speech was background noise or that the intent of the speech was not clear", Amazon wrote. They can end their conversation with Alexa by simply saying "thank you", "stop", "cancel", or "go to sleep". It also won't activate while you're listening to music, streaming an audiobook or making an Alexa call. Android and iOS have extra steps, forcing you to manually open the Alexa app before you can talk to the virtual assistant, but the basics are the same.

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