How To Use Alexa's Answer Update

Answer Update lets Alexa get back to you when she's stumped

But Amazon's Alexa doesn't like it when there is a question posed that she can't answer. The common response: "I'll have to get back to you on that".

Now, Alexa's learned the same trick.


Amazon enthusiasts have spotted a new feature being tested in the wild that lets the interactive speaker thing get back to you at a later date, should it now not know the answer to one of your spoken queries. It's not uncommon for digital assistants to be unable to answer certain questions and, until now, the only way to know if the answer had been added to Alexa's database was to ask again in the future. There doesn't appear to be a way to toggle this feature in the Alexa app or on the Echo Show's and Echo Spot's screens yet. Spotted by Voicebox, the feature has started showing up on some Alexa-enabled devices in the US. After throwing a few questions her way, I was able to stump her by asking what time a comic shop in my neighborhood closed tonight. 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. The light on your Echo device will pulse and you'll hear a notification chime - ask Alexa what the update is, and she'll let you know that's she's learned the answer to a question she previously couldn't answer for you. Editor Bret Kinsella said he first encountered the feature on Monday when Alexa asked if he wanted to enable it.

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