Psst! Alexa gets an inside voice as Whisper Mode goes live

Alexa is becoming more contextual

Alexa's Whisper Mode is rolling out

When Amazon announced a gaggle of new Echo devices in September, it talked a lot about how it wants Alexa to be more contextually aware of situations before it responds. So it announced a ton of new Alexa features, too.

One of these features was Whisper Mode, where if you whisper to Alexa it whispers back. So if you wake up early in the morning feeling groggy, or if you have a bad hangover and can't handle noise, or have a sleeping baby or spouse, Alexa's got your back.

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At Amazon's September event Toni Reed, VP of Alexa Experience, told me that making Alexa more contextual essential essentially makes it feel more familiar - like a human.

It also makes Alexa more adaptable, which means it can be used in more situations. Like when you've got a banging headache, don't want to get out of bed and need to initiative your goodnight routine.

The feature is rolling out now to users in the US, so if Alexa doesn't automatically start whispering back to you today don't fret. There's no word yet on when it'll roll out to other countries, and there's also no word on when some of the other new Alexa features, like Guard, which uses your Echo speakers to detect broken glass, will go live.


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