Alexa is a device with a high personal assistant function. This proudly developed by Amazon company. Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot devices developed by Amazon Lab126 has made it popular. It’s very active for voice interactions, making to-do lists and music playback. furthermore, it has alarm settings, playing audiobooks, streaming podcasts, news and weather reports. It also controls several smart devices using itself as a home automation system.
Amazon has made Alexa easy to activate the device using a wake-word (Echo). Devices like the Amazon app on Android or iOS requires the user to push a button to activate Alexa’s listening mode. Presently, communication and interaction with Alexa are available only in English and German languages. The lunching of Hindi and Japanese languages. Were rumored to have hit the device language service in early 2017.
Functions of Alexa – Amazon Echo
The Alexa device performs some amazing functions. Which are very helpful to users and as well blow user’s mind because of its rapid response in carrying it functions.
- Alex provides an acute weather report in other to help users plan for their activities.
- It also provides news by Tuning in from a variety of sources including NPR, ESPN, and local radio stations.
- Alexa supports device streaming music from the owner’s Amazon Echo/Alexa Music accounts. It has a built-in support for sportily and Pandora accounts. Although this service can also play music from streaming platforms like Apple Music and Google Play music through a phone or tablet.
This service can manage voice-controlled alarms, shopping, timers, and to-do lists and access Wikipedia articles. This device responds to questions about items on the user’s Google Calendar. Although due to the partnership with its fellow company Microsoft. This service will be available through its competing virtual personal assistant, Cortana.
Alexa Ordering Platform – Amazon Alexa
Users can order fast foods services using the Alexa device. Grubhud, Domino’s pizza, Pizza Hut, Wingstop, and Seamless are proud supporters of this service. Users of this service in the UK can also order meals via Just Eat food app. Starbucks announced in early 2017 a private beta for placing pick-up orders using its service. Users can also order meals using Amazon Prime viaAmazon Alexa in 20 US major cities.
Music Service on Alexa – Alexa App
Alexa supports a multitude of free streaming and subscription-based services on Amazon devices. These streaming services include Amazon Music, Prime Music, TuneIn, Amazon Music Unlimited, Audible, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Spotify Premium. Besides most of these music services are not available on some supported products. companies of its external services are manufactured by it. This unavailability also includes tablets or Amazon’s own Fire TV devices.
Alexa app is able to stream media and music from online directly. To achieve this function Alexa’s device needs to be linked to the users Amazon account. This enables access to the user’s Amazon Music library, in addition to any audiobooks present in one’s Audible library. Amazon Prime users have additional eligibility to access playlists. Over two million songs are for free as well as the Amazon Unlimited subscribers on the Amazon platform. Amazon Music for PC allows one to play personal music from iTunes, Google music, and others on any of its devices. Also, this process is carried out, by uploading your music collections. This is from My Music on Amazon to your computer. There is a free 250 songs upload service. It can play these songs and control playback from users music collection. The voice command function makes this possible.
Alexa Sports Service
Alexa allows its users to receive updates from supported sports teams. Ways to do this is by simply adding the sports team to the list. Also, users can receive updates on up to 15 supported teams. Here are some of the following sports associations listed below.
- Major League Soccer (MLS)
- National Basketball Association (NBA)
- English Premier League (EPL)
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA FBS football)
- Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup)
- National Hockey League (NHL)
- Union of European Football Association (UEFA champions league)
- Major League Baseball (MLB)
- Football Bowl Subdivision
- German Bundesliga 2nd Division
- National Football League (NFL)
- German Bundesliga 1st Division and Women National Basketball Association (WNBA).
Alexa Messaging and Calls Service – Amazon Echo Devices
There are various ways Alexa sends messages across to users. It delivers messages to other recipients. the recipients must also have the Alexa application. Most importantly the Echo devices that are supported with a user Amazon account. It can send messages only from its app if no one sends a message from an associated Echo device. Therefore this message will be sent as a voice message. It does not support attachments like photos, videos or documents.
For instance, if there are many users within a household. Each individual contacts are pooled across to the device. Certainly, these contacts are the registered ones to its associated account. Users can actually use this to start interaction more so with other contacts. Therefore this device is also available to the user’s household. Once accessed and processed by its app or Amazon Echo device. The message features do not contain a password protection or an associated pin yet. Hence anyone who has access to the user’s cell phone number. Can definitely use the feature to contact them through its supported app or Echo device.