Several users have recently complained about digital assistant Alexa's random laughs and refusal to take commands from users. Amazon has now made it easier to give follow-up commands to Alexa and speakers powered by the assistant will now be able to listen to back-to-back commands.
Amazon acknowledged the issue and said it was working to fix it, but that did not prevent users on Twitter from questioning whether humanity might be about to face its robot overlords.
You can use Alexa calling on tablets to phone landline numbers, providing they're connected to an Amazon Echo Connect accessory hub, and you can call anyone in your contacts list for free, just as long as they also have the Alexa app installed on their smartphone or tablet.
After the publication of this article, Amazon announced a fix and apparent explanation for the ghostly laughter.
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Amazon will change the command for laughter to "Alexa, can you laugh?" and disable the shorter command.
Apart from the unsolicited laughs, some users also shared their experiences of when Alexa refused to do tasks they had requested. If you need a lot doing, you can end up saying "Alexa" so many times that it starts to sound like a fake word or that you're going slightly mad talking to someone who isn't actually real.
According to reports, there was an increase in the number of smart home speaker users in the United States.
Google and Amazon are the two biggest players in the smart speaker market, and the two are constantly battling it out to deliver the best features before one another.