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  1. This review is about the FREE Alexa App. This is the *essential companion* to Amazon’s cloud-based Alexa voice control personality and helps you setup the many Alexa enabled devices and customize settings for your voice control experience with the Alexa personality. Almost all the functions of this app are available via web browser at If you don’t have a smart device Amazon has you covered!The Alexa App will NOT put Alexa voice control on your Android, IOS or Fire Tablet smart device. It will not install on your Fire TV. It is a setup, control and list access tool (shopping/todo, etc.) for the Alexa stuff that needs be done without voice. You can do most of these functions at with your Amazon login. Such is the power of the cloud.I’ve lived with my Original Echo and the Alexa App (originally Echo App) since February 2015. So much has changed it is time to rewrite the original review this May 2016. There is a lot to the Alexa App and Alexa so this is fairly long for those who want lots of detail.Alexa provides an excellent voice control experience and access to a plethora of information, home control, music, audio books and a lot more. I wonder how I lived without it sometimes! When I got my Amazon Echo device it was the only place I could talk with her. Now she has expanded her homes to include FireTV (with latest Firmware and voice remote), Echo Dot, Echo Tap and Echo Classic. This Alexa App helps you setup and control Alexa’s functions in all these devices.NOTE: With any cloud service there is a possibility of compromise and exposure of logins. I strongly recommend NOT using passwords you use elsewhere in accounts you share with Alexa (or any cloud service).The top things *I* use my Alexa for with my Echo Classic, Echo Dot, and Fire TV are:+ Flash briefing: Sources and headlines Customized with the Alexa App+ Amazon Music: I listen to my Library AND Prime Music+ Internet Radio: Setup my iHeart Radio and Tunein Accounts+ Home control: Setup/Name devices and groups with Alexa App+Timers and Alarms: when cooking or a reminder to empty the drier+ Ask Questions and Often get helpful answers+ To Do/Shopping Lists: Alexa App give me access on-the-go when Internet is availableI REALLY like when something I already own keeps getting better over time. The Alexa App gets upgraded regularly to support the ever increasing devices and capabilities of Alexa’s services. Since I first got my Echo in early 2015 (when the Alexa App was called the “Echo App”) Amazon has constantly been improving Alexa and her capabilities. The Alexa App has kept up with those improvements.INITIAL SETUP:The Alexa App will walk you through the initial setup of the Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Tap devices. This is mostly the process of getting these connected to the internet via your WiFi connection. Other initial setup items include location, a destination, usually a work location, for traffic reports, link accounts for supported online services (Google calendar, Pandora. Tunein, Philips Hue, WeMo, etc.). This is just the beginning as there is a plethora of command and control in the Alexa App.SMART HOME CONTROL:Alexa can control a plethora of devices for home control either using “skills” (think plugins for Alexa) or native home control. Setting these up usually involves setting up a login to your account with the device maker. For example, when I setup my Philips Hue I had to put my Philips Hue login into the Alexa App so Echo could discover and control those devices. Same for my Wemo and TP-Link home control switches.Besides the home control services I use there are many more like Wink and Smart Things and even a sprinkler system (to mention only a few) that are also supported. Integration with IFTTT (IF This Then That) can be setup with the Alexa App. This ties Alexa’s capability into that service to provide complex control of smart home devices. For example, when Wemo connected washer in the basement shuts off, trigger Alexa to provide an alert that the laundry is ready for the drier!AUDIO STREAMING:The Alexa App can customize your online music experience with a bunch of services: Amazon Music/Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeart Radio, Tunein, (books: Audible and Kindle). With the Now Playing function you can control what’s playing, how loud, start, stop skip and go-back directly from the app. With each service you can link your account and get the controls you would get from Alexa voice control/searches and more.Audio Book services include Audible and Kindle books. I have not used Audible. Alexa can read your Kindle books out loud. I am pretty darn pleased with the quality. With my collection I have to be careful to say the title exactly correctly when speaking to Alexa, so I usually use the Alexa App to search my Kindle library to get the book I want read to me playing. Quality is great and it’s Totally cool!THINGS TO TRY/HELP & FEEDBACK:Things to try is a great “cheat sheet” of fun things to do. It’s nicely organized by type of action. The help and feedback section has manuals for all the Alexa enabled devices and contact and feedback options. You can also see all the legal agreements associated with using Alexa based services. Things to try has been the most useful to me of these sections.SKILLS:Skills are like extensions or plugins for Alexa. With the Alexa App you can add, remove, enable, disable and mange skills for Alexa. There are a lot of them: over 1000 as of May 2016! Once installed, activated and setup they are accessed via voice by “Alexa ask “. I don’t usually use skills much but think they are a very cool capabilitySETTINGS:The settings section of the Alexa App will let you mange the settings of all your Alexa enabled device and setup new ones. This is also where you can do voice training to tune the understanding for your voice/accent. I found going through this exercise noticeably improved Alexa’s accuracy.With the Alexa App can review your history and see your commands AND hear the audio too! You can get what played and more. This can be very useful when Alexa does not understand you – you can review what Alexa thought you said! It’s also very helpful to me when I got asked one thing but got another I liked and want to know how to get it again. Finally you can remove your history one command at a time. I’d like to be able to clear it all at once.There are a growing number of other settings for things like your traffic destination or accounts like for Google calendar or voice purchasing. I don’t use voice purchasing: it’s outside my comfort zone.CONCLUSIONS:The Alexa App has grown greatly in capability since its release and when I installed it in early February 2015. All indications are that both the Alexa App and Alexa’s capabilities will continue to grow. I am thrilled by the way Alexa’s capabilities have grown over time and how the Echo I purchased has become more and more capable with new abilities and a growing ecosystem of skills (plugins).When I first got my Echo is was an entertaining curiosity but it has grown into an integral part of my home from telling me the news, playing internet radio, answering questions, turning my lights on and off, and playing my music. Through all of this the Alexa App (formery called the Echo App) has been the “command and control” companion to Alexa who has expanded from my Echo Classic to be available in my Fire TV Classic and new Echo Dot.I’m giving it a solid 5 stars because the Alexa App is a great companion tool to my Alexa enabled devices and like Alexa herself it too keeps getting better over time.Hope this helps someone!

  2. I originally wrote that ….’…This should be easy peasy, but trying to get the app and the echo dot to work has been a time consuming, frustrating process that has still not yielded consistent results…’. This is definitely still true. This device needs to come with GOOD instructions, and right now those are just not provided. I am in IT and was really frustrated trying to get it all set up and working. We got our devices around Christmas 2016.That said, after many hours researching and prompt replies from Amazon help, I got our devices working, and I figured out how the devices work together in conjunction with the (necessary) Alexa app on your phone and your home wifi. We just have the basic set up right now; no home management or security devices. We have 3 echo dot’s (2nd gen) and are using them successfully in our 1300 sq ft home in 3 different rooms.If you have more than one device you can change the names of the devices on the amazon site. Note that each device actually has a unique assigned code and you can see that on each of the device boxes when they arrive. To keep track of multiple devices, I would suggest that you hang on to the boxes and put a note on each box as to the unique name you have assigned to it and where in your house it’s located.Setup:I thought the set up was not an intuitive process, and you are doing it without any good instructions…so it kind of sucks. Hopefully the below tips will help you!You have to start with a good modem, good router, good internet access (we have cox). Then you have to have a have a smartphone with a data package that is hooked to your home wifi. Phone has to have the Amazon Alexa app downloaded from your app store. Bonus if you have Amazon Prime because you will have access to a lot of free content there (music etc) but don’t think the prime account is required.The dot devices will use the Alexa app and the wifi connection on your phone to hook to your home wifi. You cannot, it seems, make a direct connect from the dot to the wifi/router. At one point during the process the Alexa app turns off the phone’s wifi for a time which kind of threw me off as I thought something was going wrong, but just keep moving forward and follow the Alexa app directions and it all works out in the end. If you have more than one dot, each dot has to be set up individually.A note that during the process I did discover that my modem was having problems and kept dropping internet signal, especially after I added all these devices. All of a sudden, especially at night, the Alexa app on the phone couldn’t find an internet connection even though my phone wifi indicated that it was connected, and then the dot devices weren’t operating correctly. It seems that if the Alexa app loses it’s connection to wifi (via your phone) the dot devices may not work right. Got a new modem and only one problem since. I should add that I also have a Galaxy S7 phone which has apparently had problems with the Alexa application.What you can do…lots!All 3 of our dots are able to use any of the skills enabled on the Alexa app. I have timers, shopping lists, to do lists, google calendar, alarms, Pandora, local NPR stream, can search for local movie times, get news flashes, weather anywhere in the world, play some games …and there are lots more ‘skills’ that can be added. It’s actually really cool, and I find the ability to give a voice command to search for information a time saver, even if (at this point) the info you can search for is limited…it’s not like using Google, but does alot.Amazon sends new info, updates etc via daily email. So far they have been very prompt replying to support questions. They offer little games you can play for Amazon gift cards and the like which adds some extra fun into it.The speaker on the Echo dot is good for music or sleep sounds in a smallish area. We have the Dot in the living room set to play thru our big home theater speaker system, so that dot, and only that dot, has a ‘paired Bluetooth link’ to the receiver. Once the initial pair is set up for the dot device, you just need to make sure the receiver is set to Bluetooth and ask Alexa to link to the receiver. Once linked, all responses from that dot device will be through the speakers. So once linked, just ask the dot to open Pandora, or play an artist or album. If you want it unlinked from the speakers, just give it a verbal command. We actually choose to leave that living room dot device linked to the speakers most of the time and it works great for us. We have rarely ever have more than one of our dots pick up a command. It only happened once, and we just had music playing in 2 rooms, which was easily corrected.A few minor quirks we have encountered:1. if we are playing sleep sounds (rain, ocean, thunderstorms etc) the device sometimes has trouble hearing commands. Same happens if I have a fan running in the bedroom. It sometimes has trouble hearing commands.2. It is unable to pick up on Google Calendar notifications and automatically give me a verbal reminder. It can give you your calendar for the day and it can add to the calendar3. Sometimes it has a little trouble understanding my shopping list item or task list item4. Once an item is added to calendar, shopping list or to do list it has to be removed manually. ie; go to Alexa app and remove it from the shopping or task list, or go to calendar and remove from the calendar using phone or computer.

  3. Shopping at Amazon is rewarding, convenient, reasnable pricing, fast shipping, and excellent customer service. I shop here all the time, purchasing small priced to high priced items. The selection is massive, you can find almost anything.I still shop at traditional stores, but Amazon is definitely a primary fun place to shop. So far I have yet to have a negative experience. Typically if I do run into an issue, it does not completely disappoint, because I know I can count on Amazon’s customer service.Each year Amazon seems to continually improve in many areas, in particular there Prime membership, and all they offer that comes with it. The webite is easy to use, and there mobile apps are also a joy to use.

  4. I don’t like that you have to enter your password on a remote that is not as easy to use, such as my remote for my TV. It only has a few buttons to push and navigate through the menu. But on the other hand, if you know what you’re looking for and where to find it, it’s not that difficult, just a little more time consuming. I think the Fire TV remote could be designed better. Right now the remote is a bit of a nuisance. I also don’t like that I have to use a password from Fire TV to download a non premium channel and then have to access my email to make everything work. I couldn’t even get a news channel to show the live feed without a hassle. And lastly, the thing that irritates both the wife an I, is that if you go from the Fire TV Stick to your TV and not “Exit Netflix” first before you turn on to watch your local channels, it will switch back to the Fire TV if not caught in time. Even if you turn off your TV, the Fire TV Stick will turn ON your TV and wake you up in the middle of the night. Uncomfortable at best. Other than that, the movie and family sections are great. I like watching different types of movies before I go to bed.

  5. I like the tv fire I brought two for both of my kids. It was very easy to set up, my son likes to play his games like Xbox and play station. What I like the most is you have many option for other programs such as Netflix, you tube, many movies channels to choose from and Amazon movies etc. I also like the voice Control on the remote very convenient . We also have Spectrum apps on tv fire which helps me save money because we don’t have to pay for an additional box’s. So far it serve its purpose for all. My daughter likes movies and Music and my son likes his games everyone is happy.

  6. Ok I write this comment because the only purpose of this app is for testing Applications before release on the Amazon App store nothing more, and this is the information for developers with this app you can test IAP in a offline environment because this use “Sandbox Mode” basically it’s just an XML file stored in the device to simulate the purchase workflow. To have a more serious test you should use the “App Live Test” that really simulates a real test check data from Amazon app store and more developers stuff.So if you are not a developer this app will do nothing, it just read some xml file and that’s all no fix for others apps.

  7. Useful with my BlackBerry

  8. Still trying different things but definitely worth downloading.

  9. I had to return one item that I purchased because the product info was not as clear as it should have been. I still haven’t received the other 2 items I bought yet. But so far I am pretty disappointed.

  10. Google nest

  11. I love the Amazon app on my phone for ease of use and most importantly it saves time. Recommend it to everyone that uses Amazon to order things. If you aren’t a Prime account holder I highly recommend it. The 2 day prime shipping has saved me the amount it costs to purchase Prime twice over and not to mention use get Prime videos and TV, Prime music and the us of some Kindle books for free as well. Amazon is the wave of the future.

  12. Don’t know whether it is any good or not. It doesn’t work with older tablets that run on Android.

  13. The Amazon Fire 4K TV adapter works very well. It has basically turned our regular LCD TV into a Smart TV. It has several Applications, including Disney +. It has lost connection with our wifi once, and wasn’t recognizing any voice commands when this happend. After trying all the suggested ways to reset the device, we ended up having to reset it to factory state. We also had to call support so the device could be unregistered, so it could be setup again. It wouldn’t recognize our wifi setup until it was unregistered. It also occasionally doesn’t respond to any remote commands, and has to be reset by unplugging the power cord, and plugging back in. This has only happend twice in the month and a half since we have owned it. It isn’t hard to reset it, but it would be nice it this product was more reliable, and didn’t have to deal with these 2 issues.

  14. good article

  15. I PAID good Money to buy a Kindle. Amazoo wants you to be able to go online with it, so you will go to Amazoo and spend more money. HOWEVER if you want to go to another place, and you might spend some $$$ there, they will fight you tooth and nail, and withhold the basic things you want to be able to do that. In this case it’s simply Google play. What I want from Google play is to get a free program from a vendor I buy a VPN from on a monthly basis.Truth be told though neither of them want you to be able to use a VPN, because then you won’t be able to go out on the Innerweb with them NOT being able to spy on your every keystroke. Be afraid, be very afraid people.To think, Amazoo sent me an email begging me to make a review of the service they didn’t provide me. This is really funny if you think about it.

  16. Little difficult for and 81 year old woman to put together But got it done and love using it twice a day. Easy to fold and roll in the corner.

  17. I find it easier to shop using my TV and remote than swiping/clicking with my mobile devices or computer. However it would be more helpful if the Amazon shopping app was available with Apple TV, Samsung TV apps and the functionality of the app allowed for easier saving to a personalized private wish list.

  18. I used to be the least tech savvy person in the world. Then the pandemic came along and Amazon became by best friend. I absolutely love shopping on Amazon. Easy/fast/keeps you well informed. I actually save money,by not buying things I don’t need. Like when you go to the store.

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    January 15, 2021 at 12:00 am

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  20. The instructions were confusing and difficult. Once my son brought his iphone 12 over it worked fine. But the pilot for the router did not work at all. We had to use one of the other pilots (nodes) and now the net work is working fine. What I like about it that one can turn off the router node at night and everything still works fine when reconnected.

  21. I never wanted one of these for a number of reasons but with the experiences from other AI assistants which occasionally joined in a conversation within the same room and added ridiculous facts related to one word used by someone in the room. This led us to try using words that sounder like a request for information on them, only to find they seemed to be continually listening in. Pure coincidence really and not anything like the theories going around about secret millionaires controlling our minds (I am sorry if you believe those theories and/or that the World is flat).After the first few days my Wife and I found it invaluable for music, information, shopping lists and even a few really bad jokes. My Wife does have a few problems whit it not fully understanding what she is asking like “Alexa time twenty five minutes” where the Alexa replies “The time is 14:30”. I am not sure what happens there but it is usually very accurate.The use of the Alexa to make video calls is fantastic during these total shutdowns where we can keep in touch with other family members who we have not been able to see for over a year now. Only one type of call is not as good as it could be because there are children at one end of the call who seem to need the TV on loudly in the same room as the Alexa. The Alexa seems to work on the Half Duplex system of communication where a Full Duplex system of sharing the same channel would be better as the background noise can cause the Alexa to decide that the conversation is ongoing from the noisy end and the quieter end gets blocked momentarily. This makes it seem like it stutters and makes full communication less clear than it should be for the cost of the machines. Perhaps Amazon could look at that for future roll-out of software updates.Overall I find the day-to-day use is way higher than I expected and the house now rings with music and it is a lot clearer than Digital radio stations and much better at playing with a lot of Base (personal choice) than many phones on bluetooth through our older music system. Wouldn’t be without it now.

  22. The best online shopping !Love next day delivery on most things. We, as all of us, have made them rich. With excellent service,, its worth it! I will give Amazon 10 stars 🌟

  23. Beautiful looking Marble Contact Paper, nice and strong adhesive backing too, lines on the back of the contact paper to help you cut a straight line

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  25. If you can think up some thing you want and you can’t find it on Amazon I would be very very surprised.

  26. Amazon is a good place for me because it is what I like making my own choices and how I can feel safe about get my order on time…It’s not that hard to find what you need …

  27. In the app store, it makes you think it’s an Amazon Shopping App. But it is not!!!

  28. Okay guys, I’m so excited about Amazon Live Shopping!!! It’s free, Super easy to use, I can use the mobile app, or use it on other devices, but honestly I usually put it on my TV and the quality is super clear! (As long as the person streaming the video has a good camera)I really like the way they have organized different categories! You also search for whatever you’d like as well. If you missed the live video, you can still watch it.I SPEND HOURS looking for all the right coupons and other discounts (yes I realize there’s a coupon page) but now I can do some arts n crafts or tidy up the living room, all while getting awesome deals and finding cool items I never knew existed!This actually makes me want to see if I can figure out how I could join in and start making my own videos live! Considering I buy so much from Amazon, might as well review live? Well, one can only dream… have fun guys!

  29. Não serve pra.nada se não eu saberia

  30. It’s not always cheaper but the service is outstanding

  31. ✅ Facile et rapide à installer et à prendre en main.✅ Alexa fait partie du quotidien, musiques, météo, renseignements, questions, minuteurs, gestions des appareils connectés, etc..✅ Application top niveau pour la domotique à la maison ! À chaque pièce, son écho Dot ou son écho show. Zéro problème de qualité de connexion, facilité d’utilisation et d’appairage de divers produits connectés.✅ Cette application est bien pratique. Certes, elle demeure cependant moins performante qu’une vraie télécommande le serait. Mais c’est déjà vraiment très bien !✅ Conjuguer avec l’enceinte, possibilité d’écouter es abonnements de musiques, prises, caméras, lumières et télévision et de nombreux Skills de disponibles pour vous amusez, apprendre Alexa peut raconter des blagues ou histoires pour enfants et autres. Vous donne l’heure et éteint ou allume la lumière suffit de lui demander⛔️Cependant, on peut noter également un manque de fonctionnalités qui pourtant seraient bien utiles tels que le mode sombre, la désactivation des animations, etc.⛔️L’application trop lente pour être agréable, qui fait le minimum. ✅ Mais qui le fait bien !⛔️ De plus je trouve ça dommage de ne pas pouvoir mettre d’alarme sur une paire stéréo dans une chambre. Uniquement possible de mettre une alarme sur un écho dot. Pourquoi ne pas pouvoir configurer 2 échos Dot en 1 pour automatiquement les faire fonctionner ensemble.✅ Bref, une application qui m’a conquis , qui reste perfectible comme toute autre application.Satisfait, elle a répondu à mes attentes !

  32. It’s just an app, what can I say, it works

  33. What I liked Was the fact that this app tested the Amazon tester app.

  34. First Amazon removes the tester app from Google, thinking they can do things themselves. They failed.Second, don’t uninstall the app because Amazon can’t detect if you have the app installed or not and will not allow you to reinstall claiming that you have the app already.

  35. I have bought one twice…the problem I have may be far fetched from most of your minds but none the less I would like to at least let you know what can happen if you do not have all proper precautions in place…I only share this because I miss my firesticks and get lost without my YouTube addiction 🙀 Anyway, be sure to take the time to put a VPN (Cyberghost is great for Firesticks according to top tech oriented magazines, just a suggestion and is at Amazon store.)for security on the actual firesticks also place a good Antivirus (From what I’ve read, Bit Defender, which is for sale at Amazon is one of the top chosen antivirus programs but there are many good antivirus just look up top antivirus for firestick.)and malaware (Malawarebytes the free is good enough but if you want to be even more safe and up to date faster pick the pay one your choice just a suggestion and is usually available through Amazon Store.) Not trying to sell things I picked the best ones I personally know from alot of studying up for my next shot lol. Please do not chance it these days cyber threats are real and are happening too often. Protect your Wifi with all you can and put protection directly on your fire stick if it slows it down a little sorry but I truly think it’s worth the few seconds. Good luck and enjoy the Fire Stick!

  36. This app is good, its just, JEFF BEZOS, PLS FREAKIN FIX THE APPSTORE, THE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE INACCURATE, THERE IS CONSTANTLY GLITCHES WHERE YOU CANT GET A GAME, EVEN IF YOU FREAKIN PAID FOR IT AND I JUST AM HOPING AND PRAYING THAT THE APPSTORE GETS FIXED SOON, PLS PLS PLS, JK im not THAT mad but pls fix it, the sooner the better, fix it pls, Jeff fix it, fix it alright, im counting on you, pls fix it, is it fixed? Fix it now, well not now but fix it soon, fixed it? Fix it, fix it now, now pls fix, fix pls now fix pls pls now fix pls fix now fix pl- fix it now pls.


  38. I liked and enjoyed Alexa until i changed wifi and could not download a new alexa app to put wifi on. Without the app the echo dot is useless.


  40. schnell geliefert, funktioniert topp

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