Seven Best Things You Can Do With Amazon Echo
By Bob Tom
Do you have a new Alexa device? It might be the Amazon Echo, the Amazon Echo Dot, or the Amazon Tap.
The Amazon Echo has earned tremendous acclaim since its launch last year. It's important to know the
features of your new smart assistant. That's how you can exploit it for all its benefits and use it up
to its full potential. The Echos' virtual assistant, Alexa, can do a lot of amazing things on your
command. Now, there are two ways you can use it. You can either waste your precious productive time
fooling around with it or read the top benefits right here.
Here we list the seven best things you can do with the Amazon Echo.
1. Call Your Contacts
Amazon Echo brings the traditional landlines back into business. The assistant allows you to call
any number in your contact list. You can use your Alexa device to make a voice call to any of your
contacts who also have the device. Additionally, you can even leave a message if the person doesn't
respond. Currently, the assistant offers no option for blocking specific numbers.
2. Grab Your Meals and More
Echo isn't confined to just placing orders on Amazon. You now can use Alexa to order other things
as well. It incorporates the two-hour daily delivery system of Amazon. For now, the service is only
available in some selected cities and is valid for items of daily needs and other household items.
However, there are some cities where you can place an order for food and even alcohol as well.
3. Plan Your Day
This is unmistakably the topmost feature. Yes, Alexa can help you plan your day. How? The modern
smart assistant tells you about the weather outside your house and the happenings around the world.
You can have a complete overview of the day and a quick recap of the news around you. Additionally,
you can also check your to-do list for the day. Utilising these features you are able to plan and
choose your clothing and events according to your schedule.
4. Make Your Home Smarter
Amazon Echo can easily turn your home into a smart home. The Alexa is equipped with a smart home
tool to let you master most operations of your smart home. So, now with Alexa, you can switch your
lights on and off and even change the colors of your lights. Additionally, you can change the
temperature of your room according to your preference. Also, you can control all the door locks of
your home easily. And, that's not all. Alexa can control anything that's smart in your house.
5. Read Without Reading
Alexa can help you to "read" several books without truly having to read them. Another Amazon-powered
feature packed in Alexa is "Audible." It reads audio books for you while you're occupied doing other
things. The book stays in sync across various devices to let you start from the point where you left
off at the last time. You can play or pause a book, advance or turn it back by 30 seconds and even set
a timer for the play or pause functions.
6. Play Your Choice of Music
Alexa can play nearly any music or song that you feel in the mood for. Although the default music
player for Alexa is obviously the Amazon player, Amazon isn't that stubborn. Alexa allows you to set
your own music services like Spotify or other such apps. So, all you have to do is just set your
favorite music service as the Alexa default, and you're ready to rock and roll. Your assistant is smart
enough to find and play your favorite music or song from its catalog.
7. Make It Do Anything
Alexa connects to a lot of devices, but not all. There are quite a few devices that aren't compatible
with your smart assistant. But that doesn't mean you can't control them. You can train your assistant
to do more. The feature that enables your Alexa to connect with unsupported apps, devices, and websites
is called IFTTT. Even though unsupported devices can't be controlled with voice commands to the Alexa,
you can still program your assistant for various tasks using IFTTT.
IFTTT (If This Then That) is a web-based service to create chains of simple conditional statements
that trigger an applet when changes that occur within other web services such as Gmail, Facebook,
Instagram, or Pinterest.
So these are our picks for the best things your Amazon Echo can do for you. Apart from these, the
assistant has a plethora of functions. You can get to know them all over a period of time using it. So,
get smart, and get the Amazon Echo.
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