Amazon Alexa May Roundup: New Echo Devices, Alexa Show Mode on PC, and More
Amazon Alexa is getting smarter and more complex every single day by finding new ways of applying learned behaviours to new and different scenarios. Here are the top Alexa updates you should know for the month of May 2021.
New and Improved Echo Show 5 & Echo Show 8 Smart Displays
On May 12, Amazon introduced its new editions of the Echo Show 5 and Echo Show 8 smart devices. The new models feature more powerful cameras for better video calling to enhance your Alexa experience.
May the Fourth Be With You: Baby Grogu Stand for Echo Dot
On May 4, Amazon announced the availability of its cutest new accessory for Echo Dot devices. The adorable new accessory, inspired by baby Grogu of The Mandalorian, allows you to continue enjoying the Alexa experience but with a little piece of Star Wars in your home.
Happy Pride, from Alexa!
This June, you can celebrate Pride month with Amazon Devices and Alexa! Simply say, “Alexa, Happy Pride Month/Day/Week” or “Alexa, tell me a fact about Pride” and she will provide new and unique experiences throughout the month of June. You can also say, “Alexa, tell me a lucky harvest” for a fun story.
Amazon Launches Alexa Show Mode on PC
Show Mode is a voice-first, interactive Alexa experience, exclusively on Lenovo Windows 10 PCs. Show Mode turns your Lenovo PC into an Echo Show-like smart display at no additional cost. You can ask Alexa to add items into your shopping list, set a timer from across the room, or even ask Alexa to read your favourite audiobook.
Getting Ready for the NHL Playoffs with Alexa
Alexa Canada and the NHL on Sportsnet have teamed up to ensure hockey fans in Canada don’t miss a thing. Fans can now watch 60-90 second post-game video highlights after each NHL game through Alexa on Echo Show devices for this NHL season and beyond.
Just say “Alexa, play NHL Highlights” to make sure you don’t miss a thing. This comes after Amazon released the Sportsnet NHL Trivia Skill for Alexa featuring Sportsnet host Jeff Marek earlier this year.