Alexa would be nothing without its hundreds of skills. Third-party applications are what make the personal digital assistant extremely helpful. With just a few commands, Alexa saves up time that would otherwise be wasted on online searching, waiting in cues, and other such activities. Thus, Amazon tweaked the little speaker to streamline its system of services once more. From now on, clients no longer need to resort to manual work to activate skills in the first place.
Alexa Introduced a New Skill to Avoid Manual Work
Amazon has been working on perfecting its Alexa-enabled speakers for both clients and developers. The company allowed more freedom for third parties to upload their services on the digital register of skills. To help users navigate through its large list of thousands of possibilities, Alexa came up with its own skill.
From now on, Alexa will eliminate the time-consuming friction of finding the right skills for someone among thousands of offers. Thus, Amazon decided to eliminate one needless step in the process of employing Alexa to its full capacity. As with any mobile gadget, users have to download an application or in this case a skill to employ it.
Initially, Amazon clients needed to spend some time on setup before enjoying their Alexa speaker. They had to open Alexa home page in a web browser. Alternatively, they could open the app on any mobile device. Once there, they had to manually scroll through the entire catalog and select the skills they thought would come in handy one day.
Alexa, Open Skill Command Combines Several Steps at the Same Time
However, this process seems in contradiction with the whole seamless idea of a voice enabled bot. This went on until June 2016, when Amazon turned the whole manual work into an action enabled through oral command. Clients were then able to say “Alexa, enable [skill]” to activate it.
However, since last week, Alexa users have it even easier to tap into the full potential of their gadget. This is because they can now mix two steps into a single one. The new skill is activated when one says “Alexa, open [skill].” With this single command, the AI bot will start a searching process. Once it finds the desired skill, Alexa will enable and open it in an instant. If users employ a skill through this novel way, they can start using the invocations from the second usage onwards.
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