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Alexa Skill of the Week: Skill Finder

Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.

Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.

This week’s skill: Skill Finder

Description: Amazon’s official Skill Finder skill is a new way to easily discover Alexa’s newest and top skills. The first step is to enable the skill. Then, you can say “Alexa, Open Skill Finder” to begin using the skill. Alexa will tell you about the new Skill of the Day. Alexa can also tell you about the newest skills and the top skills in our Alexa catalog. You can also ask for help anytime.

Real world use: Anyone that has used skills with Alexa will tell you it’s just ridiculously hard finding good skills and just as difficult exposing the latest. It’s a real problem and Amazon has yet to solve it.

However, that doesn’t mean the company isn’t trying. Based on constant complaint about this, the company knows that customers have having difficulty. And, while not the perfect solution, this latest “Skill Finder” skill does help somewhat. At least with this, you can hear about new skills you may have otherwise missed.

Things you can say…

Alexa, tell Skill Finder to give me the Skill of the Day

Alexa, tell Skill Finder to give me the newest skills

Alexa, tell Skill Finder to give me top skills

Alexa, tell Skill Finder to list categories

Alexa, tell Skill Finder to list the newest skills in the education category

Alexa, tell Skill Finder to list the top skills in the games category

Where to get it: You can locate the Skill Finder Skill in the Amazon Alexa app, enable it using your voice, or use the following web link: Skill Finder



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