The Amazon Echo interactive devices recently received another upgrade to the features, this time allowing for more commands to be given to Alexa before it goes back to sleep. For the longest time, users would need to say "Alexa," followed by their command in order to turn on a smart device such as a lightbulb, the thermostat, or other items. Now a brand new feature within the app allows Echo users to give Alexa multiple commands in a row without needing to keep saying "Alexa" to wake up the system.
On Friday, CNET's Taylor Martin reported about the new upgrade to the Alexa devices called "Follow-up Mode." By using one's Amazon Alexa app (on Android or iOS) or logging in on the Amazon Alexa website, users can enable the Follow-up mode in the settings area. Once enabled, a user can wake up the system as they normally would with their wake-up word, usually "Alexa," followed by a specific command.
Once that initial command is given, such as "Alexa, turn on the kitchen lights," Alexa will perform that action and respond with "Okay." However, now Alexa will wait for several more seconds for an additional command. Users could say "Turn the light to 50 percent" or "Change the light color to red," for example, if the smart bulb includes those capabilities.