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Who is Amazon Alexa? Do you really need one?

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Alexa is a “Virtual Assistant” device developed by Amazon Lab126. This device was initially released on November 2014. 5000 plus employee were working on Alexa and related products in September 2017. After that in January 2019, Amazon sold more than 100 million Alexa devices.

What Is Virtual Assistant Device?

Basically, these are the electronic device who can listen to your voice command and perform a given task. A virtual assistant device generally requires an internet connection to complete your given task.

How Does Alex Work?

First, you need to buy any one of following Amazon Alexa device.

  1. Amazon Echo Dot
  2. Amazon Echo Plus
  3. Amazon Echo Input
  4. Amazon Echo Show
  5. Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition
  6. Amazon Echo Spot


Here I am considering Amazon Echo Dot device, so you need to follow simple steps:

  1. Connect your Alexa to power cable received in the box and you will see a glowing light.
  2. Download Alexa mobile app and do the normal signup process.
  3. Once Alexa connected with your app you are ready to use it.
  4. Now you need to just say “Alexa” and light will glow and Alexa will respond to you.
  5. Then you can ask questions to Alex like, “What is the weather today?” or “Tell a joke”

What Can Alexa Do For You?

Alexa is capable of listening to voice command, play songs for you, set alarm, provide real-time information about weather, news and many more.

Let’s discuss some of the best skills of Alexa

  1. Home Automation

    You can control your home appliances by voice command with the help of Alexa. In the market, there are many devices like night lamp, fan, etc available which can operate via Alexa.

  2. Ordering

    If you are feeling hungry then just ask Alex to order food from Zomato. Yes, you heard it right, you can order your food with the help of Alexa. There are many apps like Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Zomato are now connected with Alexa.

  3. Music

    Alexa can play your favorite songs for you. Alexa play songs from Prime Music, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Gaana, etc

  4. Sports

    Alexa can provide you latest updates of sports like MLS, EPL, NBA, NCAA, FA Cup, etc.

  5. Messaging And Calls

    You can make call and send messages from Alexa to your contacts.

Do you really need Alexa?

If you are just buying it for music then you don’t really need Alexa because you can buy any good speaker available in the market.

If you want to control your home appliances then it is a very good option for you. It is very helpful for your kids to learn new things.

Basically, Alexa is for gadgets lover, kids, developer and anyone who want to explore new technology.

What are the Alexa’s limitations?

Sometimes Alexa unable to answer all your questions. If you are ordering food from Zomato then it is difficult to apply coupon code at the time of checkout. You can only give a limited name (wake up command) to Alexa like “Alexa”, “Amazon”, “Echo”, or “Computer”.

What about Privacy?

As we all know great power comes with great responsibility. If you Google about this topic then you can see there are few cases present since 2018. According to some source, Alexa sends recordings to Amazon if certain frequencies and decibels (that can only be heard during intense arguments or screams) are detected.

Conclusion

So according to Wittyhack team, it is good to have Alexa. You must try at least one and I bet you will fall in love with Amazon Alex. So don’t think too much and grab the deal below.

Sources

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