【亚马逊加入精简模式,Alexa 语音反馈不再啰嗦】

【亚马逊加入精简模式,Alexa 语音反馈不再啰嗦】亚马逊 Alexa 这样的人工智能助理被设计得与人类十分接近,它可以像一个人类一样回应你发出的任何指令,不过,也已经有人开始嫌它太啰嗦了。现在,亚马逊最近正在测试新的“简短模式”(Brief Mode),会让Alexa少说点话,以往的“好”(OK)将被更加简单的嘟嘟声取代。这对于那些非常依赖 Alexa 的人来说,可以不再被啰嗦的语音反馈影响,效率也大幅度提高。除此之外,亚马逊还在不久前为所有英文 Alexa 用户推出“follow-up”模式,当你发出一个指令后,Alexa 将会继续收听接下来的指令,你可以进行连续的指令,不需要重复呼叫“Alexa”来唤醒它。

Alexa, be quiet: Amazon is rolling out a new 'Brief Mode' feature that will keep your Echo devices from talking too much

  • Amazon is testing a new feature called 'Brief Mode' for Echos and other devices
  • The tool lets users replace some of Alexa's verbal confirmations with a beep 
  • Brief Mode is expected to become available for all Echo users sometime soon 

Alexa has been known to be a bit annoying at times -- laughing at random, ordering items without being told to and giving users more information than they wanted.

Thankfully, Amazon has developed a solution that'll make its voice assistant talk a little less.

Called 'Brief Mode,' it allows users to replace some of Alexa's verbal confirmations with non-verbal signals, like beeps.

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Amazon has confirmed that it's rolling out a feature called 'Brief Mode' to all users. Brief mode turns off some of Alexa's verbal confirmations and replaces them with beeps. File photo

For example, if you ask Alexa to turn off the lights in your kitchen, instead of saying 'OK,' the voice assistant will just reply with a simple beep.

Amazon is currently testing Brief Mode among a select group of users, but it's likely that the feature will roll out to all devices soon.

'We're always looking for ways to make Alexa even more useful for customers, and the new Brief Mode setting is another example of that,' an Amazon spokesperson told TechCrunch.

The tool was first spotted last week by Reddit users who said they noticed their Echo devices responding to commands with a 'beep tone instead [of] a successful command.'

Reddit users spotted the option to turn on/off Brief Mode in the Alexa app. So far, it only appears to be popping up in the app for certain users

Reddit users spotted the option to turn on/off Brief Mode in the Alexa app. So far, it only appears to be popping up in the app for certain users

Several users said the option could be controlled in the Alexa app by navigating to Settings, scrolling to the bottom and selecting 'Alexa Voice Responses.'

From there, the app has a toggle labeled Brief Mode that can be slid on or off.

It seems that users can also activate Brief Mode for certain Echos, instead of it applying to all Alexa-enabled devices.

For users who have Alexa-controlled smart homes, Brief Mode should make it a little less aggravating anytime they want to turn on a light, change the room temperature or lock their door.

Brief Mode represents the latest example of Amazon's effort to make Alexa communicate more naturally.

For users who have Alexa-controlled smart homes, Brief Mode should make it less annoying anytime they want to turn on a light, change the room temperature or lock their door

Amazon has introduced a 'Follow-Up Mode,' which removes the need to use a wake word any time you want to ask Alexa another question.

Typically, if you tell Alexa to complete a task and then have a follow-up command or question, you have to start each sentence by saying Alexa.

The internet giant wants to make talking to Alexa a bit easier, so it's no longer requiring users to wake up Alexa when they have several requests.

When users turn on Follow-Up Mode, Alexa will listen for up to five seconds after she's responded to a user to see if they have anything else to say, according to CNET.

Users can end a conversation by saying 'thank you' or 'stop.'

HOW CAN YOU USE ALEXA TO SEND TEXTS?

Amazon in January rolled out a new feature that lets you text any phone number in your contact list using Alexa.

There are some caveats, however: It only works for Alexa users in the US with an Android device that also have the Alexa app installed on their phone.

Amazon introduced a new feature that lets users text anyone via Alexa -- as long as they're an Android, not iOS, user. 

Amazon introduced a new feature that lets users text anyone via Alexa -- as long as they're an Android, not iOS, user.

You also can't use the feature to send emojis, text 911 or participate in group text messages.

It's also unclear when or if the feature will be expanded to iOS users.

Here's how to turn on the feature:

  • Navigate to the Alexa app
  • Select the 'Conversations' tab
  • Tap the 'My Profile' button and make sure 'Send SMS' is turned on

Make sure you ask Alexa to 'send a text,' rather than asking 'to send a message.'

Asking to send a message will prompt Alexa to send a message through the app.

The recipient must already be in your phone's contact list in order for it work.

Similar to Brief Mode, Follow-Up Mode can be turned on by navigating to Settings within the Alexa app.

From there, select an Alexa-enabled device from the list and turn on 'Follow-Up Mode.'

Alexa will only answer follow-up commands if she's sure that the user is making a legitimate request, CNET noted.

Follow-Up Mode can be activated by all users with Echos or some third-party devices.

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