The feature, called Follow-Up Mode, simply allows Alexa to listen for another command for five seconds after your last request. That should make asking Alexa to perform several actions a lot less repetitive, although you still can’t use multiple commands in one sentence like you can with Google Assistant. You can also end the conversation by saying ‘thank you,’ adding a dose of friendliness. Or you can just say ‘stop’ if you’re feeling curt.
The feature is currently opt-in, so you’ll have to turn it on from the Echo’s app settings, but it’s a welcome addition. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Amazon make this the default behavior in the future; it just makes sense. Here’s hoping Google follows suit.
Published March 9, 2018 — 21:03 UTC