What can Alexa do?
Alexa will play music, provide information, deliver news and sports scores, tell you the weather, control your smarthome and even allow to order products they’ve ordered before. She updates through the cloud automatically and learns all the time.
What can you ask Alexa do?
There are plenty of things you can ask Alexa to do. A feature called Skills in the Alexa app enable you to customise your Echo device with capabilities to suit your preferences.There are several skill categories within the Skills section of the app, including Connected Car, Food & Drink, Travel & Transportation, Music & Audio, Smart Home, and plenty more. To get started, you just have to tap Enable Skill when you’ve found one that is suited to you.
For example, to use Uber with Alexa, you’ll need to have signed into your Uber account within the Skills section of the the Alexa app.
- Alexa, wake me up at 7 in the morning
- Alexa, ask Skyscanner for a flight to New York
- Alexa, ask The Telegraph for the top stories
- Alexa, what’s on my calendar today?
- Alexa, what’s the weather in London?
- Alexa, play Taylor Swift from Amazon Music
- Alexa, how’s my commute?
- Alexa, shuffle my Favourites playlist
- Alexa, turn it up
- Alexa, will it rain tomorrow?
- Alexa, read my audiobook
- Alexa, what’s in the news?
- Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride
- Alexa, open Just Eat and ask for my last order
- Alexa, turn on the coffee machine
- Alexa, turn on all the lights
- Alexa, set the master bedroom to 20 degrees
- Alexa, ask Jamie Oliver for a recipe
What apps and services work with Alexa?
There are thousands of skills available but here are some of the services that work with Alexa and what they mean you can do.
- just eat
Alexa to order you a take away from one of the thousands of restaurants it has available.
Need an Uber from home? No problem. Just ask Alexa to request you one and you’ll have a driver on its way to you.
- The Guardian
For those that read The Guardian, Alexa will give you a rundown of the paper’s top stories so you can find out which ones you’ll want to read before your commute.
- The Telegraph
Like The Guardian, the partnership with The Telegraph means users can ask Alexa for this paper’s top stories too.
A great one for those that live in or around the world, Alexa will give you a daily briefing delivering a round up of the most exciting news, reviews, openings, events and things that shouldn’t be missed taking place near you.
- Sky Sports
Want to know how your favourite football team is doing? Or how your rival team is doing? Just ask Alexa and she’ll deliver the bad news in her lovely accent.
Check the latest arrival and departure information for EasyJet flights quickly by asking Alexa, or ask for the status of a flight your travelling on.
For those that love a random radio station, the TuneIn partnership with Echo allows you to ask Alexa to find your favourite station and listen to it all day.
Like TuneIn, RadioPlayer offers numerous radio stations meaning you can ask Alexa to recommend you one or just play one you know you like.
Have a suit or dress that have needed dry cleaning for months? Ask Alexa to take care of it and the partnership with Laundrapp means they will be collected, cleaned and redelivered.
BMW Connected is available as a Skill, allowing users to ask Alexa for an update on their fuel and battery levels, as well as ask her to lock their car remotely.
- Philips Hue
Need to turn off the bedroom light, or all the lights? The Philips Hue partnership allows you to control your Hue lights by asking Alexa rather than having to go into the app.
- Logi Circle
For those that have the Logi Circle cameras, you can ask Alexa to start a start a recording, disable Privacy Mode or turn your camera on.
- TP Link
The partnership with TP-Link means users with any of the company’s smart plugs or bulbs can ask Alexa to control them with their voice.
SmartThings is also a partner of Echo, offering users the ability to command their smart home through Alexa, whether it’s turning the lights off or the temperature up.
- The Grand Tour
Amazon’s Grand Tour companion app compatibility means users will receive a clue from Alexa every Thursday about that week’s upcoming episode.