The speaker system of Amazon Alexa has proven itself useful to the delight of its many users who continue benefitting from its existing features. There are even those Alexa fans who claim they wouldn’t switch to using another speaker command system no matter what it promised it could do. But is Amazon Alexa really that good? In fact, we’ve identified at least a few key features which the system doesn’t have yet, and by most standards should.
Amazon Alexa is a speaker system compatible with a wide variety of smart devices, and it promises to deliver almost any command and operation only though a system which recognizes your voice and the commands it gives. The devices it can operate on are Echo, Dot, or Tap, but most users operate Alexa from Amazon Echo. It is also compatible with any Amazon streaming device, either directly or by having the streaming stick (like the Amazon Fire TV, for example) connected to one of the devices operated by Alexa commands. Without further ado, here are all the features on which Alexa could do better, to say the least.
The Main Features Alexa Should Have (But Doesn’t)
- Notifications: Unfortunately, Alexa doesn’t give you any notifications at all, no matter how you try to work it around. Considering that it is capable to read your main headlines out loud, it wouldn’t seem as that much trouble to get it to give you your Echo notifications, but apparently things haven’t really connected in that way yet. It would surely be nice to have Amazon Alexa read to you the name of your caller or your incoming text messages, but we’ll still have to wait for it a while longer, it seems.
- Multiple commands (in a string): Among its many qualities, Alexa cannot yet take more than one command at a time. If your Alexa is connected to a smart home device and you would like it to turn off the lights and play some music, you can’t say ‘Alexa, turn off the lights and then play my Spotify playlist’. You would have to wait for it to finish with the first command (turning off the lights) and only then proceed to giving your Echo (or whatever device you use) the second command.
- Personalized communication with friends: If the system could be used for sending text or voice messages to your contacts in a hands-free manner, only by communicating to Amazon Alexa that you want to give a message to this or that person, followed by the actual spoken message (after you hear a beep), it would be great. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way yet.
- More customizable alarms: Now, you can set up some alarms in Amazon Alexa, and you can even make them recurrent (although until recently you had to set them up for each upcoming day). But still, if you’d like some of the music features on your device to also be available as alarms, it’s not yet an option. It seems a shame to overlook such a misgiving, considering that even the simplest of smartphones allow you to set a particular song as an alarm.
- Amazon package tracking: If you’re a serious Amazon user and you also order online from them quite often, you should be able to use Alexa to find out where your deliveries are, in how long they will arrive at your location and so on. Still, it seems that your Amazon package tracking up can’t yet be integrated into Amazon Alexa (or read by it), and you’ll have to use the app separately in order to get any status updates on the matter of deliveries.