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Not content with just announcing a new addition to its Echo line of smart speakers, Amazon continues to upgrade Alexa to be your go-to digital assistant.

Amazon will soon add another ability to Alexa's repertoire in the form of notifications — giving users spoken updates from Alexa on what's new across a selection of the digital assistant's 12,000-plus skills.

Like most of Alexa's talents, catching up on notifications is as easy as a voice prompt of "Alexa, what did I miss?" or "Alexa, what are my notifications?" to their Echo or other Alexa-compatible devices.

According to Amazon, companies like AccuWeather, The Washington Post, Just Eat, and Life360 will be among the first to update their skills with notification functionality as the feature begins to roll out to developers. 

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While Amazon doesn't have a hard date for when notifications will make its way to the Alexa-using public, the feature will be opt-in per applicable skill and can be temporarily muted or deactivated completely at the user's choosing.

It's been a busy growth period for Alexa, as Amazon also announced new skills like Google Account support, improved voice recognition, and taking your calls with the digital assistant within the past month. 

As for competition, we believe Google hasn't been sitting idly by with its competing Google Home smart speaker, which is rumored to be adding some features of its own soon. 

Seeing as Google's IO 2017 conference kicks off tomorrow, we won't have to wait long before learning what the team behind the Google Assistant-powered smart speaker has to offer against Amazon's Alexa.






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