Alexa’s New ‘Answer Update’ Feature Lets It Respond To Old Questions

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"We're excited for SEAT to incorporate Alexa into its vehicles", says Ned Curic, who is in charge of Amazon Alexa's automotive division. The new ability is called "Answer Update", and it's exactly what it sounds like: a new answer to an old question. Alexa exclaims it has no idea, and you begin gazing deeply within the blue hue of the smart speaker's faux-mind and offer the look of a disappointed parent, or an owner whose pet has just pissed on the kitchen floor. A more healthy 20% did however make use of shopping-related requests of Alexa, such as to ask about current deals or to track the status of an order.

The report further suggests that the Answer Update skill can be activated with some simple steps.

Of those 2% who bought something, 90% of them didn't make any additional purchases through Alexa, according to the report.

With an extremely large percentage of Amazon Alexa users not making full use of the platforms shopping functionality, this is likely something that the company will be aiming to address. It does not matter whether you are managing your personal schedule, listen to music, navigate a route to the destination, reading the news or looking for nearest service center Seat.

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One of the Information's sources said they believe it is simply a matter of finding out how they could encourage people to continue buying via Alexa through data analysis, after which point they could grow the market quickly.

This new feature was spotted when a user asked Alexa for more information about a news story and Alexa responded by saying it doesn't have answers to all questions sometimes.

At its core, though, one of the things that keeps people going back to Amazon is the huge variety of products, whereas a smart speaker really only seems ideal for pushing specific products that people already know they want. Unfortunately for Amazon, nobody really uses that feature.

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