May 17th, 2017

Amazon Alexa is great at providing information when you ask for it, but not when you don’t initiate the conversation. Amazon has announced that it’s working on bringing notification support to Alexa. This would allow Alexa to tell you information when you need it.

The skill would allow notifications to be sent to the user when allowed. The Alexa device will indicate with a chime or light that a notification has arrived. You can then ask “Alexa, what did I miss” to hear it. So instead of asking “what’s the weather,” Alexa could send a notification when bad weather is on the way. Something you would miss if you didn’t specifically ask for it.

Amazon is working with partners, such as the Washington Post and AccuWeather, to implement notifications. A dev preview will be available in the coming weeks.

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