Every day, smart home assistants get smarter and smarter. Recently, Amazon announced new updates for Alexa, which include traffic updates, weather information, and updates on the 2020 US presidential election. Here’s everything you can do with the newest Alexa update.
New Alexa Updates
Send Traffic Information to Your Phone
You can now ask Alexa what the commute will be like on your way to work. Then you can even have Alexa send the information to your phone. This way, you’ll have traffic updates before you leave. Alexa will send you a notification on your phone that you can tap to access the information on your smartphone’s maps app.
All you have to do is say, “Alexa, how is the traffic to the Airport?” When she gives you the answer, you can then give her the additional command: “Alexa, send that to my phone.”
Receive Severe Weather Warning
With the recent update, Alexa can now notify you about any news pertaining to severe weather.
All you have to do is say, “Alexa, tell me when there’s a severe weather alert.”
Stay Updated on the 2020 US Presidential Election
Alexa can now help you stay up-to-date on the US presidential debates, delegate count of each candidate, and latest polling data. The smart speaker uses data from the Associated Press, Ballotpedia, RealClearPolitics, and Factba.se.
Alexa can also give you information about local voting information, when your polls open, and how you can register to vote.
For a full list of new Alexa commands that you use, check out this blog post by Amazon.
If you can’t get any of these commands to work, you might need to update your Alexa device manually. Here’s how you do it:
How to Update Alexa
To manually update your Alexa device, press the mute button until you see the red light turn on. Then leave the mute on and wait for Alexa to start updating. This could take up to an hour or more.
- Make sure that your Echo device is connected to a WiFi network.
- Press the mute button. Wait for the light ring and Mute button to turn red.
- Wait for Alexa to say that it needs to update. This might take a few minutes if there is a new software version available.
- Leave the mic on mute and wait for Alexa to finish downloading the update. The device will restart when it has finished updating. Once the update is finished, you should hear the familiar start-up music and Alexa saying, “Hello,”
Want to know what other cool things Alexa can do? Check out our list of essential Alexa voice commands here.