Amazon rolled out an update for its in-home digital concierge this week. The update doesn’t add the support for reading Kindle ebooks (a featured desired by a solid minority of techies) but it does enable users to control Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora with Voice commands.
Amazon Echo owners can now pair their device with a Bluetooth-equipped mobile device, stream music from the device, and control playback with their voice. Previously, the Echo could pair with the mobile devices but the streaming had to be controlled from the device itself; Alexa was not capable of controlling it for you.
According to the email sent out to Echo owners, the update also adds better Wikipedia integration, more spelling words and definitions, and a new “Simon Says” game. You can now have Alexa repeat anything you say, simply by saying “Alexa, Simon says …”.
I couldn’t bring myself to buy an Echo when my invite came up, so I don’t have one and can’t report on how well the update works.
What do you think?