Alexa is a smart assistant build from Amazon, which can be controlled just by voice. The way you can access this service is from the Alexa enabled devices. Nowadays, besides the Echo series, there is a large number of smart devices that already have Alexa integrated.
And also consider that Alexa’s Skill Store has more than 100.000 Skills available. Most of these skills are also usable in the smartphone app.
When talking about what Alexa can do, there is a lot to mention. In this article, you can read about some of the basic things your Amazon Alexa enabled devices can do.
Alexa enabled devices and your smart home
It was just a few months ago when Amazon, during their presence at CES 2020, mentioned that Alexa can connect and control more than 100.000 smart home products. They also stated that they intend to 10x the number of intelligent products Alexa connects to in the next few years.
Alexa can already connect with many smart devices like kitchen appliances, smart TV, doorbells, light bulbs, electronic locks, smoke & carbon monoxide detectors, cameras, etc.
They can even control cars made by manufacturers like Chevrolet, Ford, Tesla, Toyota, etc.
All you got to do to add a new device and control it with your voice, using Alexa, is:
- Open the Alexa app on your smartphone.
- Tap the option “Devices” at the bottom.
- Select the plus icon at the top (+).
- Now select the type of device you want to connect to.
Basic actions with Alexa during your daily life
If what is mentioned above seems too good to be true, Amazon Alexa can do even more. In your daily life, at home or at work Amazon Alexa and Echo devices can do many other things.
We can mention that you can set alarms, reminders, timers, create a detailed routine that contains various tasks for Alexa, and is activated from a single sentence.
For example, when you go to sleep you can create a routine that turns off the lights in the other rooms, dims the bedroom light, turns on the alarm, and plays relaxing music, to be activated when you say “Alexa, good night”.
You can also ask for the weather, ask Alexa to tell a joke or a riddle, play a game, etc.
In case this is not enough, you can activate all the Skills you need to play music, listen to the news updates, and listen to different content or podcasts.
Listening to your favorite music with your Echo device
If you want to ask Alexa to play music using your Amazon Echo device, you need to consider what music service you want to use.
You can choose from radio music with TuneIn, iHeart Radio, or Pandora. You can also use a music provider like Amazon Music, Spotify, Deezer, Vevo, etc.
If you want to listen to music from a radio station, say to Alexa sentences like:
- Using TuneIn: “Alexa, play ‘radio station name’ on TuneIn”.
- Or using the name of genre: “Alexa, play pop music on iHeart Radio”.
If you have an Amazon Music account, what you can say to Alexa is:
- “Alexa, play the music that goes like (… lyrics of the song …)”
- “Alexa, play (music genre) music”.
- “Alexa, play (name of the artist)”.
- “Alexa, play music for (type of activity)”.
With Spotify, the requests are similar and you can also ask it to play specific playlists you or Spotify have created.
As seen Alexa is a great way of accessing all of your favorite music providers, at your own commodity.
The most amazing thing is the fact that Amazon allows everyone to build Alexa Skills, even those without technical knowledge.
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