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Amazon gives Alexa a new iOS widget and the ability to assign reminders

Amazon has updated the Alexa app on iOS so as to entry the voice assistant proper from your house display screen through a new widget. Everybody can use the assistant to remind particular members of your family to do duties by way of a new “assign reminders” ability.

Due to the considerably restrictive nature of the widgets on iOS, the new Ask Alexa widget isn’t a lot Alexa itself as it’s a hyperlink straight to the iOS app. However in case you have the Alexa widget positioned on any of your screens and you’ve already given the Alexa app permission to use your iPhone’s mic, you’ll have the opportunity to begin making requests with a faucet.

And now these requests can get a bit extra granular. Amazon’s given Alexa the ability to assign reminders to particular members of your family if they’ve an Alexa Profile arrange on the identical Amazon account. So if you happen to say “Alexa, remind Jeff to take the lasagna out of the freezer at 10AM,” Alexa will probably be ready to ship the reminder to the proper particular person, at the proper time, supplied they’re logged in to their Alexa app.

You may create an Alexa Profile (up to 10 per Amazon account) every time somebody new logs in to the Alexa app for the first time. Amazon says you may assign relationship nicknames to every profile, like mother, dad, daughter, and so forth. Further Voice Profiles will also be added in Settings, so Alexa can acknowledge who’s talking and making reminders primarily based on their voice.

Alexa picks up new options and abilities on a month-to-month foundation, however Amazon also announced plans in June to open up Alexa even additional to third-party builders. Amongst many new APIs, builders will probably be ready to create customized widgets for the Echo Present.

Replace August sixth, 7:00PM ET: Added info from Amazon on creating Alexa Profiles.

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