Technology Amazon Rolls Out Alexa Notifications Feature In Time For Prime Day

08:40  09 july  2017
08:40  09 july  2017 Source:   International Business Times

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Amazon had previously said it would roll out a notifications feature for Alexa , and now you can get the virtual assistant to tell you when your Amazon package is on its way. Amazon ’s notification feature on Alexa is now running

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Amazon had previously said it would roll out a notifications feature for Alexa, and now you can get the virtual assistant to tell you when your Amazon package is on its way.

Amazon’s notification feature on Alexa is now running, which means you’ll be able to get notifications if you have the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show or a compatible Alexa-enabled device.

You can opt-in for what features you want Alexa to notify you about, but as of now Alexa can only tell you about packages are out for delivery, according to Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick News.

To hear your notifications you can say phrases like “Alexa, read my notifications” or “Alexa, what did I miss?” You’ll be able to go back and forth through your alerts by saying “Alexa, next” or “Alexa, previous.” You can clear all notifications by saying “Alexa, delete all of my notifications.”

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For notifications, Alexa devices will beep once and give a visual alert as well. For the Amazon Echo Show, which has a built-in display, a banner will be shown on the top of the screen and a notification card will be displayed on the home screen rotation, AFTNews said. For the devices that don’t have a display, like the Echo and Echo Dot, the light ring will pulse in yellow.

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Here’s how to turn on notifications from Alexa:

  1. Open the Alexa app, go to the menu and select Settings.

  2. Go to the Accounts section and select Notifications.

  3. Select a feature to view notification options.

  4. Turn notifications On or Off using the toggle.

The shipping notification could be useful for those who plan on participating in Prime Day next week. Amazon Prime Day, the company’s self-proclaimed holiday, will be held on July 11, but deals will start at 9 P.M. EST on July 10.

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Amazon Prime Day is the company’s yearly one- day sales event for Prime members. It offers “hundreds of thousands” of deals on an array of products over a 30-hour period. This feature will track certain upcoming deals and send out notifications when they go live.

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Amazon announced exclusive deals for Alexa Prime users. The company is offering a $10 new customer credit for those who use its virtual assistant to order select items on Prime Day. Amazon is also offering a $20 discount on its Prime membership when a person signs up using Alexa. Telling the voice assistant: “Alexa, sign me up for Prime,” will allow users to sign up for the one-year membership for $79.

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Users will also get Alexa notifications from the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The publication announced in May it would send breaking news alerts on Alexa-enabled devices.

“We always want our readers to be informed, so we’re excited to bring breaking news notifications to Alexa,” Joseph Price, senior product manager at the Post said in May. “Most importantly, we’re being selective of the news we surface, and we’ll continue to learn how users want to receive information using a voice service.”

We can also expect notifications for AccuWeather, and with the upcoming Just Eat and Life360 skills.

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