Amazon’s Echo will soon get notifications from Alexa skills
Amazon is bringing one of the best and worst smartphone features to Alexa: notifications.
Sometime in the next few months, Amazon’s Echo devices and third-party Alexa devices will be able to receive notifications from any developer that decides to build them into their Alexa skill. All notifications will be opt in, and they won’t be read aloud until prompted by a user asking, “Alexa, what are my notifications?”
Notifications will show up in two ways: the device will emit a chime — so there will be some immediate, and potentially disruptive, sign that a notification has come in — and its light will begin to glow green. (If the device doesn’t have a light, it’ll have to present some other visual indication.)