Amazon today is rolling out a new and much requested reminders feature. With this new feature, Alexa device owners will be able to set reminders in the future and based on morning and evening/afternoon time slots.
Once the update has rolled out, Alexa customers will be able to say things like…
Alexa, remind me to pick up the dog from the vet at 5pm
Alexa, remind me to start dinner at 6pm
Alexa, remind me to respond to Jerry’s email at 7am
Reminders are connected to the device where the reminder is set – i.e., it doesn’t work across all devices linked to the account. Customers in the US will get the feature update sometime today, while (as is par for the course), those in other markets won’t see the new feature for a couple weeks.
In addition, to the more robust Reminders, Amazon is also rolling out “named timers.” Named Timers allow Alexa device owners to set, for example, a laundry timer and then request how much time is left before the timer expires.
Amazon rolls out updates like these in a staged fashion, so if you don’t get the update right away you can either just wait or unplug and replug the Alexa device’s power. This forces Alexa to dial home immediately to check for updates.
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