Aggressive Invasion: New Alexa Skills Set to Monopolize Amazoners Lives

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Built-In Web Browser

Echo Show now has a built-in web browser that can be opened by saying, “Alexa, open Silk” or “Alexa, open Firefox.” Once open, you can use the on-screen keyboard to type a URL and visit your favorite website. And like other browsers, you can bookmark your favorite websites for easy access.

Left-Right Stereo Pairing

With the new left-right stereo pairing feature, you can connect two of the same, supported Echo devices for stereo sound.

Amazon Music New Release Notifications

With Amazon Music’s New Release Notifications, customers will soon be able to ask Alexa to follow their favorite artist, and receive notifications on their Echo device or within the Amazon Music mobile app when an artist releases a new album or track. After asking to hear the new album or track, customers will also be surprised to hear some of their favorite artists’ voices delivering the message themselves on their Echo.

Overlapping Groups

With overlapping groups, you can add one Echo device to several multi-room music groups. For example, the Echo in your kitchen can be included in both the “Kitchen” group for daily listening, and the “Downstairs” group when you’re having friends over on the weekend.

Preferred Speaker Setup

Set your preferred speaker for music playback in your Alexa app—be it an Echo device, a third-party AVS speaker, or a multi-room music group. When you want to play music in that space, simply say “Alexa, play rock music” and it will stream from your preferred speaker.

New Video Services for Echo Show

Integrations with Fire TV Recast, Hulu, and NBC will make live TV viewing and on-demand streaming available on any Echo Show. Simply say “Alexa, watch Good Morning America” to watch the news with your morning coffee, or “Alexa, tune to ESPN on Hulu” to catch up with your favorite sports team. Click here to learn more about the new Echo Show.

Skills and Games for the Screen

Tens of thousands of skills are available on the all-new Echo Show, including many visually enhanced experiences. You can get up to the minute stock information and news updates at a glance with CNBC, quickly check your Capital One balance, play Who Wants to be a Millionaire or turn anytime into story time with the Amazon Storytime skill.

Visual Alexa Blueprints

With the new Greeting Card Blueprint, you can create and share personalized greeting cards to celebrate birthdays, friendships, and other special occasions.

All-New FreeTime on Alexa Features

Kid Routines

Parents can now easily set Routines with FreeTime on Alexa using a set of simple pre-configured Alexa Routines. For example, parents can enable the Good Night Routine in the Alexa app, and when parents or kids say, “Alexa, good night,” Alexa will offer a parent-customized goodnight message, tell them an interesting fact, turn off the lights, turn on the night light, and start sleep sounds or white noise. After School, Bed Time, and Good Morning Routines can also be customized with white noise timers, smart home controls, music, personalized Alexa messages, and more.

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