New Follow-Up Mode keeps Alexa active for, well, follow up questions

New Follow-Up Mode keeps Alexa active for, well, follow up questions

This isn't enabling compound requests, so you won't be able to ask Alexa to set your nightly alarm and lock your front door all in one request, but you'll at least be able to cut down slightly on the time and number of words necessary for those multiple actions. You'll know if Alexa is ready for a follow-up question if the blue indicator light is on after Alexa answers your first question. It is interesting to note that the latest addition of a feature comes just a few days after, several Amazon Echo speaker users reported a odd bug where Alexa was seen to be laughing for apparently no reason.

Amazon's Echo line of devices gets a new feature in the form of "follow-up" mode, which lets users spit out command after command without repeating the wake word each time.

Even if she occasionally laughs creepily at you for no reason, Alexa is still a pretty helpful digital assistant. To end a "conversation" you can say something like "thank you" or "stop" while Alexa is listening for a follow-up.

The new feature works because Alexa now continues to listen five seconds after a command, indicated by the blue ring on the hardware staying lit.

The Alexa team has also disabled the phrase "Alexa, laugh" as a trigger.

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What do you think about Follow-Up Mode? Go to settings, find the device you want to activate it on then toggle the slider for follow-up mode.

Locate and select your Echo device.

Go to Alexa on the web. I suppose that's all part of the bug, and Amazon will make sure Alexa doesn't skip those important things.

Follow-up mode will not activate if you are talking to someone using the call feature, listening to your favourite songs, or enjoying an audiobook.

The feature is now only available in US English in the US.