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Amazon has added a new mode called follow-up for Alexa

10 March 2018

With Follow-Up Mode, Alexa will listen for 5 seconds after she's done responding to you to see if you have anything else to ask.

According to CNET, Amazon is adding a new "Follow-up Mode" to its Alexa assistant today, which brings the ability to ask it questions without repeating the trigger word each time. Once the light starts to fade, Alexa is officially go back to sleep mode and must be woken up again with "Hey, Alexa", or whatever work you decide to set as your custom wake word or phrase. It turns out, the event was triggered due to Alexa somehow interpreting two humans having a chat as "Alexa, laugh", commanding it to laugh.

There are potential problems here, though.

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Users can also end the commands by saying "thank-you", or "stop". After all, until they received an update, Echo units were shown to be prone to following commands from the TV. You can enable Follow-Up Mode on your device by opening the Alexa app and navigating to the Settings menu.

Amazon told "The Verge" that the investigation was launched after users shared a video on social media showing Alexa emitting random laughter. The blue ring on your Echo will remain lit to indicate that she's still listening.

What do you think about Follow-Up Mode? The feature is only available for U.S. English and won't work when listening to music, streaming an audiobook or making a call.

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On paper, follow-up mode sounds useful enough.

Amazon's Echo speakers are by far the most popular among those on the market, which includes Google Home and more recently Apple's HomePod. eMarketer estimates Amazon has 70 per cent of the market.

The company says the fix has already been rolled out.

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Amazon has added a new mode called follow-up for Alexa