Amazon is giving Alexa a new iOS widget and the ability to give reminders


Amazon has updated the Alexa app on iOS to access the voice assistant directly from the home screen via the new widget. Anyone can use an assistant to remind certain members of the household to complete tasks using the new “Show Reminders” skill.

Due to some the restrictive nature of widgets on iOS, the new Ask Alexa widget is not so much Alexa itself, but a link directly to the iOS app. But if the Alexa widget is placed on any of your screens and you’ve already allowed the Alexa app to use your iPhone’s microphone, you can start tapping requests.

Ask Alexa widget on iOS.

And now these requests may be a little more granular. Amazon allowed Alex to show reminders to certain members of the household if they have a voice profile set up in the same Amazon Alexa account. So if you say “Alexa, Remind Jeff to take the lasagna out of the freezer at 10am,” Alexa will be able to deliver the reminder to the right person at the right time through the Alexa app. You can add profiles to your Alexa account under Settings under Your Profile, and Amazon says you can assign a relationship name to everyone, such as mom, dad, daughter, and more.

Alexa collects new features and skills every month, but Amazon also announced its plans in June open Alexa even more to outside developers. Among the many new APIs, developers can create custom widgets for Echo Show.

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