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17 May 2017, 02:15 | Ruben Fields
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Notifications will be provided in a couple of different ways, including an audible chime and a pausing green light using the LED ring on the Echo, Echo Dot or Echo Show hardware.
Amazon is adding notifications to its voice-enabled assistant, allowing users to choose to receive alerts via their Echo devices when one of the services they use has new information waiting for them. That means that the scope for the sorts of notifications users can expect is really only limited by what developers decide to add. Amazon reiterates that all skills are going to require users to opt-in before they can send any notifications.
The technology is available today, but to take advantage of it users will have to update their device's firmware when it is made available by the manufacturer.
Some of the organizations that will incorporate the new feature include the weather forecasting service AccuWeather, The Washington Post, food delivery service Just Eat, and family locator service Life360.
Notifications will be opt-in, so don't worry about your Echo devices all of a sudden buzzing at you with unwanted info. "Users can simply ask, 'Alexa, what did I miss?" or 'Alexa, what are my notifications?' and Alexa will inform users of the latest breaking news".
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