Alexa is an incredible concept - and it works! MOST OF THE TIME. Frequently have to repeat commands because they either don't work or work only partially. For example, "alexa, turn off stairs" may not work at all sometimes, or may result in only one of the two lights in that group being turned off. Sometimes alexa can't seem to do anything! STILL, it mostly works and when it does it is a great convenience. Also, NO ONE makes smart light bulbs that are bright enough! For a bright environment you will need to use additional bulbs.
Had in Canada for over a year and was working perfectly until the Canadian release. App won't let me add skills since it's not a canadian unit. Refuse to buy another one since I know it's easy for Amazon to fix this. They're holding my Alexa hostage! Free Alexa!!
Well, the set up is straight forward. You need to ask the questions as dead on as u can or she either ignore the question or selects the wrong song/play list. I have been using the timer & reminder function for cooking. And of course to not to forget to do something. It is a matter of getting familiar with the settings. The music part is handy for work or for relaxing. The best parts are asking for the time, weather, questions that come to you out of nowhere. As example, recipes for parties. You can have the recipes sent to your phone so don't need to search for pen or paper. Keep in mind as always there are many things you can do with this app. You can listen to weather, keep up with the news by going to the My Skills section. This app is the backbone of Alexa. Once set up & paired it can be a very helpful app. For the one star reviewers to me you need to keep in mind new features are added as the app evolves.
Well it doesn't look like a native app and seems it runs a website beneath and is slow. The echo device is great once setup. But the setup process is too painful and annoying. During setup at times it just doesn't recognize wifi networks. If I change my wifi passpord, running the whole setup is too difficult. The app ( or rather the website undeneath app ) also gets unresponsive sometimes in few setup screens, specially after the app connects to echo and it shows a 'Continue' button which doesn't respond. EDIT: I got a new echo Dot and setup is hung up on step showing 'Attempting to connect to echo dot'. The phone got connected to the dots WiFi but nothing happens in setup process. Setup is just too painful.
Not able to setup on Android. I m using gen1 echo with Android Oreo device. I tried it to setup on my phone but it didn't work. I tried all options like turning off smart Wi-Fi connection, resetting Echo device But no luck. I think gen1 echo no longer works. Wasted my money on this $100 paper weight..
Great app I use it with my Echo Show. Issue I have is when calling using Alexa app to my Show I must wear headphones. Whatever permissions reinstalls I do sound comes through mobile earpiece not loudspeaker, makes a video call without headphones impossible.
* The updated Smart Home section lets users rename and control smart lights, locks and thermostats. Furthermore, by organizing Echo devices into groups, users can control devices without specifying device name.
* The new Multi-Room Music section allows users to designate a group for devices on the same Wi-Fi network. Once created, group names can be used to control music playback.
* The new Routines section allows users to automate a series of Smart Home and audio actions with a custom command