Published On: Thu, Jun 1st, 2017

Alexa adds support for reminders and named timers


One of Alexa’s some-more practical, bland uses is environment timers – useful when cooking, remembering to perform some task, or alerting kids it’s bedtime, among other things. Today, Amazon is improving a timers by permitting users to name their opposite ones. This will make it easier to use mixed timers simultaneously, Amazon says.

Plus, given many Alexa business were already regulating a timer underline to set reminders, Amazon is now formalizing that use box by permitting we to ask Alexa to “remind me” instead of “set a timer.”

With Reminders, we can now ask Alexa to warning we to anything of your selecting – even if it’s during a after date. For example, Amazon suggests we could remind yourself to collect adult a dry cleaning, or put a washing in a dryer, compensate bills, or perform some other charge or chore.

You can ask to be reminded during a sold date, day of a week, or only time of day, if it’s a sign you’re environment for a same day. These can all be noticed and managed in Alerts Alarms territory of a Alexa app.

When a sign is due, a blue light ring appears on Amazon’s Echo connected orator and Alexa’s voice reminds we of a charge during hand.

In addition, timers can now be reserved names, that will make them easier to manage. That also means it will be easier to have mixed timers going during a same time. To name a timer, we can only ask Alexa to set a timer regulating a name we want, like “Alexa, set a pasta timer for…” Plus, we can cancel or check on these timers by name, as well, like “Alexa, how most time is left on a garlic bread timer?”

You can also see a list of your active timers within a Alexa app.

The news follows yesterday’s proclamation of iCloud calendar support in Alexa – a initial Apple integration. (Alexa already supports calendars from Google and Microsoft).

Amazon says both reminders and named timers were among a tip requests from customers.

Both facilities are rolling out currently in a U.S., and afterwards will arrive in a U.K. and Germany in a entrance weeks.

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