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Pretty soon Amazon’s Alexa could be the conversation starter

When in trouble as a child were you ever informed to only speak when you’re spoken to? That’s kinda how we feel about the Alexa assistant on the Amazon Echo speaker.

While incredibly helpful and rarely worthy of our scorn, it’s preferable to request information rather than have Alexa blurt it out unprompted while the adults are having a conversation.

However, pretty soon Amazon may change all that by bringing push notifications to Alexa-enabled devices according to a report from The Information on Thursday.

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That means devices like Echo will be able to alert you to incoming notifications without saying the wake word.

While it may seem like a useful addition to Alexa’s skill set, there’s plenty to consider here. For example, Alexa can be pretty loud when you’ve been listening to music at high volume through the Echo speaker.

The push notifications would not only interrupt the music, but perhaps conversations.

There’s also the sensitivity of these incoming communications to consider. It’s unlikely that folks will want their emails and text messages read out.

There are areas where it would be greatly beneficial as August, the maker of smart locks already integrated with Alexa voice commands, points out.

“It’s on our wish list that when Alexa does have push notifications, the Echo speaker would notify you that someone is outside your door,” said CEO Jason Johnson.

Amazon is yet to comment. Do you think preemptive voice notifications would be desired in some cases? Share your thoughts below.

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