Amazon has announced new features for the Amazon Echo including voice control for iTunes, Spotify and Pandora.
Amazon Echo is a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speaker with a built-in personal assistant.
The update was recently announced to customers…
We hope you’re enjoying Echo. We’re working hard to add many of the features you’ve asked for, and we would like to update you on two new features.
Voice control for Spotify, iTunes, and Pandora: You can now enjoy hands-free voice control for these popular music services. To get started, simply connect you phone or tablet to Echo by saying “Alexa, pair my device.” After you start playing you music, you can easily control it by saying the wake word and: play, pause, stop, next, or previous.
Simon Says: You’ve likely heard some of Echo’s jokes – now there’s another way to have fun with Echo. You can get Echo to repeat whatever you have in mind by starting with “Alexa, Simon says…” Here’s a fun tip: you can covertly use the remote control from another room to get Echo to repeat what you say and surprise your family.
In addition to these new features, we’ve made numerous improvements based on your feedback. We have increased response speed and accuracy for many of your questions, expanded coverage of facts from Wikipedia, and added new spelling words and definitions. The companion app is now available on iOS and Android 5.0+, and you can now use the app to bulk delete items from your to-do and shopping lists. And we are just getting started.
ALWAYS READY, CONNECTED, AND FAST. Just ask.
Amazon Echo is always ready to play your favorite music, provide weather and news updates, answer questions, create lists, and much more. Echo’s brain is in the cloud, so it continually learns and adds more functionality over time. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. The Amazon Echo App turns your iOS smartphone or tablet into a remote control for even more ways to control and get more out of your Amazon Echo.
HOW IT WORKS
Amazon Echo clearly hears you around the room, even when music is playing. Interactions with Amazon Echo are automatically mirrored visually on your iOS Amazon Echo App, providing more information as you want it. And the free Amazon Echo App lets you easily manage your alarms, music, shopping lists, and more wherever you are.
FAST WI-FI and EASY SET UP
Connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network using the free Amazon Echo App, with its simple guided setup. Now you can stream all of your music, radio stations, and have access to news and information, all by voice — or with the Amazon Echo App’s intuitive interface.
You can download Amazon Echo from the App Store for free.