The Amazon Echo is equipped with Alexa, a sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) capable to answering questions and carrying out tasks.
But one of the speaker’s biggest problems comes when Alexa is unable to answer a particular query.
When asked a question it does not know the answer to, the AI has previously made quips such as “I can’t find the answer to the question I heard” or “I don’t know that, but I’m always learning”.
The problem with the reply from Amazon’s smart speaker was it never went back and addressed a particular enquiry it could not answer if it received an update giving it a host of new capabilities.
But now Amazon appears intent on putting to bed one of the speaker’s biggest problems.
Voicebot recently reported it had asked Alexa for further information on a news story that it did not have the answer to.
However, the publication insisted the speaker responded with “if you ask me a question and I don’t know the answer but I find out later, I’ll notify you”.
The device then told the user they could disable “Answer Updates” if they did not want it turned on.
When questioned about the new feature by TechCrunch, Amazon responded by confirming the new addition.
It added the “Answer Updates” feature would be rolling out to Alexa-enabled devices over the next week.
They said: “The Alexa service is getting smarter every day, and Answer Updates is just another way we’re continuing to expand Alexa’s Knowledge Graph.”
The Alexa app will not currently allow the Answer Updates feature to be disabled.
Instead users will have to tell the speaker the turn off the feature via a voice command.
If Alexa fans decide they later want to enable the feature, all they have to say is “Alexa, turn on Answer Update”.
Your Amazon Echo is set for a radical upgrade this week (Image: Getty)
The newest feature from Amazon appears to be an attempt to challenge Google Home (Image: Getty)
The newest feature from Amazon appears to be an attempt to challenge Google Home in the smart speaker sphere.
Google Home uses the tech giant’s Knowledge Graph search method that allows the hardware to answer a slew of questions from users.
Express.co.uk has asked Amazon to clarify whether Answer Updates will arrive on UK Alexa devices in the rollout this week.