Amazon is making Alexa smarter by notifying users of answers to previously asked questions that were otherwise unanswerable by the digital assistant. It’s not uncommon for digital assistants to be unable to answer certain questions and, until now, the only way to know if the answer had been added to Alexa’s database was to ask again in the future.
According to a report by VentureBeat, it looks like Amazon is adding a new feature called Answer Updates. The feature will be rolling out to Alexa-enabled devices over the course of this week, and users will be able to say “Alexa, turn on Answer Updates” in order to enable it. From that point on, Alexa will remember whenever she’s unable to answer a question, and let users know when she learns the answer.
The competition between digital assistants is only bound to get fiercer as they increase in popularity. Google announced a range of improvements to its own Assistant back in May, and both assistants are expanding to new categories of devices, such as the Fire TV Cube and the JBL Link View that were recently announced. While Alexa has typically been in the lead in thanks to its larger presence in the smart home market, new devices with Google Assistant could tip the scales in favor of the Mountain View company.