New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

New smart speaker expected as Apple kicks off conference

For whatever reason, though, both Amazon's Echo and Google Home completely missed out on this feature, but now Amazon is adding it.

The update was released on Thursday, June 1.

At WWDC 2017 tonight, Apple is widely believed to unveil its Amazon Echo and Google Home competitor - the Siri speaker.

The Amazon Echo now includes support for five shades of white. Nothing revolutionary for the Amazon Echo, mind you, because the Amazon Echo Show will be coming this month as well, and it brings new features such as a touch screen and "SuperEcho" speaker.

According to USA retail company Amazon, these were some of the most requested features from Echo customers. Here's all you need to know about the new commands and features that this update will bring.

Read our Echo tips and tricks guide to find out about the best hidden features and Alexa easter eggs.

The site gets early info from sources inside the factories that build products like Apple's iPhones and Amazon's Echo speakers, and that info can change until a product actually enters mass production.

Oren Etzioni CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
Oren Etzioni CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Until this latest update, Alexa was only capable of scheduling simple, unnamed timers - e.g.

It comes in handy when you're in the kitchen cooking or baking. They could just talk to Alexa and set a reminder.

Plus, since many Alexa customers were already using the timer feature to set reminders, Amazon is now formalizing that use case by allowing you to ask Alexa to "remind me" instead of "set a timer".

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

Along with reminders, Echo users are also getting the ability to set custom names to timers. You could instruct "Alexa, remind me to call the dentist on Thursday", or "Alexa, remind me to take the auto in for service at 10am on July 15th". For example, if you say "Alexa, remind me to call my mother at 3PM".

Reminders and named timers are headed to Echo units in the United States today.

You can also ask Alexa about the weather today. For instance, "remind me to eat that massive sausage roll in 40 minutes". So if you say, "Alexa, remind me to stop making covfefe jokes in 10 minutes", your trusty AI helper will flash blue and alert you via voice command that maybe, after you've had the chance to craft one last masterpiece zinger, it might be time to retire covfefe jokes. These can all be viewed and managed in Alerts & Alarms section of the Alexa app.

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