Alexa will tell you when it has done its homework

Alexa will tell you when it has done its homework

While Amazon hasn't closed that gap yet, you'll now be the first to know when it does.

Here's how it works.

"Answer Update" needs to be enabled by the user, who will be prompted to turn it on after asking Alexa a question that she can not answer immediately.

"The Alexa service is getting smarter every day, and Answer Updates is just another way we're continuing to expand Alexa's Knowledge Graph", Amazon said. This could be a voice notification from Alexa itself, but since Alexa nearly never speaks to users unprompted, it's more likely to be a smartphone notification from the Alexa app.

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Amazon is making Alexa smarter by notifying users of answers to previously asked questions that were otherwise unanswerable by the digital assistant. This can be an Echo device, a third-party Alexa device such as the Sonos One, or the Alexa app (for Android and iOS) on your smartphone. Usually, when Alexa doesn't know the answer to a question, it replies with statements such as "I don't know, but I am always learning".

We've all been there: Your boss asks you a question and you don't have the answer.

It doesn't appear that the feature is fully up and running yet, though. I was able to opt in to the feature with an Amazon Echo Spot here at the office by asking Alexa to "turn on Answer Update". Unfortunately for Amazon, nobody really uses that feature.

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