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What is Alexa ? How Alexa works ?

This is Amazon Alexa that works on sound and voice command.

Introduction: What is Alexa ?

In our day to day life, we are hearing about Alexa. Amazon Alexa, also known simply as Alexa. It is a virtual assistant technology developed by Amazon. Alexa is capable of voice interaction, music playback, playing audio-books, such as news and many more things. This can also control several smart devices, using itself as a home automation system. Users are able to extend the Alexa capabilities by installing “skills”. Most devices with Alexa allow users to activate the device using a wake-word (such as Alexa or Amazon). But other devices such as the Amazon mobile app on iOS or Android and Amazon Dash Wand, require the user to push a button to activate Alexa’s listening mode. Although, some phones also allow a user to say a command, such as “Alexa” or “Alexa wake”.

How does Alexa work ?

Alexa can perform a number of preset functions out-of-the-box such as set timers, share the current weather, create lists, and many more things. Users say a designated “wake word” (Alexa) to alert an Alexa-enabled device of an ensuing function command. Alexa listens for the command and performs the appropriate function, or skill, to answer a question or command. When we ask questions, Alexa converts sound waves into text which allows it to gather information from various sources. Behind the scenes, the data gathered, then parsed by Wolfram’s technology to generate suitable and accurate answers. Alexa-supported devices can stream music from the owner’s Amazon Music accounts. It can play music from streaming services such as Apple Music and Google Play Music from a phone or tablet.

Alexa supports sounds and languages

Currently, interaction and communication with Alexa are available only in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Hindi. In Canada, Alexa is available in English and French (with the Quebec accent). September 2019, Amazon launched many new devices achieving many records. The new Echo Studio became the first smart speaker with 360 sound and Dolby sound.

Messaging and calls with Alexa

Alexa can deliver messages to a recipient’s Alexa application, as well as to all supported Echo devices associated with their Amazon account. It can send typed messages only from Alexa’s app. If one sends a message from an associated Echo device, it transmits as a voice message. Alexa cannot send attachments such as videos and photos. Anyone who has access to one’s cell phone number is able to use this feature to contact them through their supported Alexa app or Echo device. The feature to block alerts for messages and calls is available temporarily by utilizing the Do Not Disturb feature.

Alex support home equipment and study method

Alexa can also perform additional functions through third-party skills that users can enable. In 2019, Apple, Google, Amazon, and Zigbee Alliance announced a partnership to make smart home products work together. Amazon rolled out a new “Brief Mode,” in 2018, wherein Alexa would begin responding with a beep sound rather than saying, “Okay,” to confirm receipt of a command. On December 20, 2018, Amazon announced a new integration with the Wolfram Alpha answer engine, which provides enhanced accuracy for users asking questions of Alexa related to math, science, astronomy, engineering, geography, history, and more. April 8, 2015, the Home Automation feature launched. Developers are able to create their own smart home skills using the Alexa Skills Kit. In September 2018, Amazon announced a microwave oven that can paire and controlled with an Echo device. It is sold under Amazon’s AmazonBasics label.

Music, supports and ordering

Alexa supports Domino’s Pizza, Grubhub, Pizza Hut, Seamless, and Wingstop. However, according to an August 2018 article by The Information, only 2 percent of Alexa owners have used the device to make a purchase during the first seven months of 2018. Those who made an initial purchase, 90 percent did not make a second purchase. Alexa is able to stream media and music directly. To do this, Alexa’s device should linked to the Amazon account, which enables access to one’s Amazon Music library. In addition to any audiobooks available in one’s Audible library. Amazon Prime members have an additional ability to access stations, playlists, and over two million songs free of charge. Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers also have access to a list of millions of songs. Alexa allows the user to hear updates on supported sports teams.

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