This isn't enabling compound requests, so you won't be able to ask Alexa to set your nightly alarm and lock your front door all in one request, but you'll at least be able to cut down slightly on the time and number of words necessary for those multiple actions.
With Follow-Up Mode, the digital assistant listens for five seconds after she's finished responding.
Even though Alexa will now wait a little longer, the digital assistant can still only respond to one command at a time.
But why "Alex" suddenly "freaked out" and began to laugh demonically, to say with precision is impossible.
There are potential problems here, though. For example, the "follow-up mode" works only when Alexa is sure that the second command is not a mere background noise. To end a "conversation" you can say something like "thank you" or "stop" while Alexa is listening for a follow-up. After all, until they received an update, Echo units were shown to be prone to following commands from the TV.
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Ah. Good to know it's not Skynet giggling at us silly meatbags.
According to the reports, the "follow-up mode" is opt-in and available for every device in the Echo lineup and some third-party Echo devices as well. Now, however, a setting in your app turns on Follow-Up Mode that makes multiple questions just a little bit easier. As of now, the "follow-up" mode is available only in English and works only when Alexa is not being used for another continual activity.
The owners of devices "Amazon Echo" complain of bad laughter coming from the speakers.
The company says the fix has already been rolled out.