Amazon Echo owners have been treated to some new features and things to try this week. The headline upgrade is the addition of intercom-style chatting via these speakers with Amazon making this possible by upgrading its Drop In feature. This now allows owners to have a two-way conversation between the Echo devices dotted around their homes.
Explaining more in a post on its blog, Amazon said: “Customers can now use group Drop In to instantly connect all of their Echo devices into a group conversation. Simply say, “Alexa, drop in on all devices” to start an audio intercom call to have conversations like “what should we have for dinner?” or “does anyone want anything from grocery store?”
This is a nice little added extra but it’s not all that’s new. Echo owners can also get an exclusive preview of the Alan Partridge podcast ahead of its official release via the Audible service.
Amazon says that an episode of “From The Oasthouse” is available free for Audible members and non-members alike via Alexa from June 5 until June 12.
If you fancy giving it a go simply say “Alexa, read From the Oasthouse” and the cast should start playing.
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Finally, Amazon has announced its usual bunch of new things to ask Alexa including a Harry Potter quiz and some tasty recipes.
So, if you own an Echo then why not give these a try.
“Alexa, play Harry Potter Quiz”
Now with tournaments every month, see if you can get your house to the top of the leader board in this magical quiz.
“Alexa, play ’90s pop music”
“Alexa, play similar songs”
Mix things up by asking Alexa to find similar music based on the song or artist you’re listening to on Amazon Music.
“Alexa, open Fun Kids Radio”
“Alexa, play Classic FM”
“Alexa, open Magic Soul”
“Alexa set a reminder”
“Alexa, give me a chicken recipe”
“Alexa, connect to speaker”
Play audio from compatible Echo devices on other speakers. Learn more.
“Alexa, play country music”
“Alexa, Simon says ‘stop copying me’”
“Alexa, tell me a joke about coffee”