Once a new Alexa device owner starts integrating the services into their life, one of the first things I hear is, hey, can this thing send me weather alerts?
Well, wouldn’t that be nice? Right now, Alexa can only respond to your commands, i.e., you have to personally initiate the conversation and invoke Alexa’s skills.
But, that will change soon. Amazon today has announced that it is bringing opt-in notification alerts to Alexa services, which means yes, you could potentially turn your Alexa devices into a NOAA weather radio. And, I fully expect that to happen. But, there are also other valuable pieces that can come because of this.
In the coming months, developers will be able to add notifications to their skills to deliver important and relevant information to users. Skills like AccuWeather will provide weather updates, The Washington Post will provide users breaking news alerts, and Just Eat will provide order confirmations.
Customers will be able to try out this feature on select upcoming skills and give feedback on their experience in the Amazon Alexa App. The team will use the feedback to improve user experience before releasing development tools to all skill builders.
Of course, no one really wants to listen to breaking news alerts from the Washington Post, but since Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon) owns that media org, Amazon has to talk about it. But, the AccuWeather weather updates could work.
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