Amazon is working hard to improve Alexa and establish it as a force to be reckoned with in the smart assistant category. It announced today that Alexa will soon have support for notifications which is something that will make the smart assistant more proactive. Notifications support will enable Alexa skills to send out notifications to the user so that they can catch up on whatever it is that they missed.

Amazon confirmed today that customers will soon be able to enable notifications for select skills and Amazon.com shopping updates on most devices with Alexa. They won’t receive any notifications from skills that they’ve not allowed to send them notifications.

The Washington Post, AccuWeather, Just Eat, and Life360 will be among the first to update their Alexa skills with support for notifications. Alexa will alert users when there are pending notifications by either a chime or a pulsing green light on Amazon Echo devices.

Users can then say voice commands like “Alexa, what did I miss?” or “Alexa, what are my notifications” to catch up on any and all notifications that they might have missed. Amazon reiterates that all skills are going to require users to opt-in before they can send any notifications.

Users will also be able to disable notifications for skills or suppress them temporarily by putting their devices in Do Not Disturb mode by voice or by using the Alexa app.

Filed in Gadgets. Read more about Alexa, Amazon and Amazon Echo. Source: developer.amazon

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