The new Follow-Up feature will make it less redundant, especially when you are trying to make a fluid conversation. The blue ring on your Alexa device of choice will light up during these 5 seconds to indicate that she's listening.
A lot of people have gotten used to Alexa hearing every word they're saying, but there are occasions when the smart assistant does something weird that reminds us how unusual it is to have a digital robot around all the time.
Launched in 2014 by Amazon, the Alexa digital assistant has spread from the company's Echo voice-commanded speakers to millions of devices, even cars.
As CNET reports, follow-up mode is merely an option, so users don't have to worry about being forced to use it. If you don't, she'll just go back to sleep automatically without saying anything else. For example, you won't be able to ask Alexa to turn your lights off and change the temperature of your house in the same sentence, but you can make one request and then follow it up with another one without needing to say "Alexa" again. You had to say, "Alexa, set the thermostat to 72".
Amazon said its planned fix will involve disabling the phrase, "Alexa, laugh", and changing the command to "Alexa, can you laugh?" Go to settings, find the device you want to activate it on then toggle the slider for follow-up mode. There's the fact that for it to determine a command is indeed a follow-up, Alexa must first be "confident" that the second command isn't just background noise from people chattering or a dialog from a TV program. However, as of now, it is limited to US English.
The new mode is enabled through the Alexa app.
"In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh, '" when other words are spoken, Amazon said in an emailed statement.