Amazon has updated Alexa to allow automatic switching between multiple languages. The update comes after a series of small additions to Alexa in November, increasing functionality and making Alexa more useful.
Alexa first received the ability to automatically respond to requests in English and other languages in 2019. However, you were limited to only two languages at once. This has not changed, but now users can activate several more languages in the Alexa application. Alexa can speak German, French, Canadian-French, Japanese, Spanish, American Spanish and Hindi ̵
Alexa has also acquired the ability to respond to what Amazon calls “latent targets.” This essentially means that Alexa can address requests that are “hidden” within or naturally follow an original question. To take Amazon’s example, if you ask “How long does a steep tea take?” Then Alexa can assume that the hidden goal is to set a tea timer, answer “Five minutes is a good place to start” and follow with “Would you like to Want to set a timer for five minutes?
In addition to these two major changes, Alexa has acquired the ability to include Fire TV commands in Alexa routines. So you can say “Alexa, I’m having a drink” and Alexa will know how to stop your break and turn on the lights in your kitchen. And to contribute to Alexa’s ever-growing crawl through products and services, you can now use the Amazon Shopping Assistant to search for products and hands-free order status updates.
These are just a few of the skill-oriented changes to Alexa that Amazon introduced in November. Echo devices in general have also been updated. Echo Frames are now widely available, Echo Buds have new training skills with the ability to Alexa, and Echo Shows now have access to Amazon’s Care Center to check on loved ones.