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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 echo.amazon.com. 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 echo.amazon.com 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. Todo, menos configurarlo para conectar al router, aunque fui bien atendido por su servicio de atención al cliente, no estaban preparados para ayudar a conectar, entiendo que no pueden saber de todo trabajarían en la NASA, pero una información básica como hay que ponerse en contacto con tu operador de telefonía para abrir ciertos números de puertos del router que vienen configurados por defecto en posición cerrado por temas de seguridad, y que hay que funcionar a 2,4 GHz y no en 5 como funciona todos los routers de Fibra óptica, es una información básica que debería tener el técnico para guiarte en la instalación, el mío aunque fue un 10 en su atención, no me pudo ayudar, por qué no sabía está información básica, lo reportó por qué me encanta Amazon, la rapidez, la atención y me gusta aportar para que todos seamos más eficientes y más felices y menos devoluciones para Vds. por falta información básica y técnica, a mí me instaron a devolver el producto porque podría estar defectuoso al no poder el técnico solucionar el problema, yo cabezón me busque la vida entre Google y amigos y lo conseguí funciona bien y estoy muy contento, gracias

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. The movies selection is great both old and new . My only complaint is that even though the subtitles help understand a foreign program; it would help to have an option to change audio languages to your choice like Netflix does. I’ve seen updates with Audio but not selecting languages. I get tired of reading subtitles and missing the movie.Also Prime is charging for many shows I once saw for free. I can’t believe just because I saw a movie or a documentary that I should be charged to see it again or pay for a subscription. Even though I do pay for subscriptions I get annoyed and switch channels. I think Prime video should offer more free shows/movies/documentaries that are interesting like Bible, archaeology and history. As prime members they should offer us more free programs.

  8. good article

  9. I am still going thru all of Amazon Video. There are a lot of things to view and I am finding series and products that I did not even know existed. I am very happy with Amazon Video. For the price it is well worth it. The only thing that I dislike is when a Series or Movie is being lent to Amazon for a short period time. It seems that a lot of the series are there just long enough for you to get to the last season then you have to buy to see the rest. This is something I do not like at all. So I really screen what I am watching to see if I will be able to see all season’s or a movie without buy another app.

  10. 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.

  11. This had me on the phone over 12 hours in one week. I admit having a handicap. A brain injury. All subscribing and installing creates a fear factor before I start. And, NO not all “help”is helpful. Be prepared to be hung up on. Transferred to invisible people . Wait forever and repeat “Please slow down a zillion times”. I love the actual choices on Prime and the way it’s made my little world bigger in some ways. In others I feel like a abused client/consumer. I do have the names of every digital tech supervisor I talked with once I knew there were such positions. Most were knowledgeable professionals willing to help me. It’s unfortunate it was necessary to be passed to several “nexts”. as problems went unsolved for some time.I do believe they had patience with my fog and need for very frequent repetition. Frustrating for all and I’m grateful for their perseverance.I think I understand it for now and will enjoy choices. Thank you for providing them. I too could have hung up anytime.

  12. Amazon Prime Video offers a growing library of quality original content and a decent collection of movies and TV shows to stream. On top of that, Amazon hosts an impressive catalog of TV shows and movies available for rent or purchase.A large, diverse content offering is Prime Video’s biggest benefit, with classic and current movies, popular TV series, Prime original content, and more filling out an expansive library. The user interface is great for finding content related to your interests, with categories dedicated to networks, genres, and recommendations. One unique feature of Amazon Prime Video is that its library contains both content included with Prime and content you’ll have to purchase or rent separately. This means it’s easy to find and pay for content not included with your subscription while keeping all your content in one place.

  13. 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 …

  14. Não serve pra.nada se não eu saberia

  15. ✅ 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 !

  16. I’ve used several different devices to watch Prime Videos on. Started out with my phone, then bought a Fire Tablet 10 (my favorite). I was given a Chomebook 15 and it lets me watch things on my TV via an HDMI cable. I have limited internet (hotspot via my phone). The app on my Chromebook sometimes hangs up or not all the features work as they do on my other devices. It’s a great product just not going to recommend it for the ChromeOS Products.The interface has improved for deleting movies I’ve watched. I wish I wasn’t limited to how many I can download or when they expire.I enjoy not having to store all the Tapes & DVD Media any longer. I wish it allowed me to keep a list of my Favorite shows so I could watch them again without all the searching and scrolling.The search function works okay but I’m getting where I don’t remember things like I did 40years ago when Betamax was a thing.

  17. Tengo Amazon prime video como extra de lo que realmente uso, que son los envíos, pero sigue siendo una buena plataforma de streaming, sobretodo si te interesa el anime

  18. Não é caro e tem conteúdo de qualidade. Só estou esperando pela segunda temporada de Carnival Row. Amazon, por favor, acaba com o meu suplício e manda logo essa bendita temporada. Enfim, pode não ter a mesma quantidade de séries e filmes como a concorrente principal, mas a qualidade do que tem é inegável. Amooooooooo

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. Perfecta cumple todas las expectativas

  23. IT’S FRICKIN’ DOO DOOO

  24. 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.

  25. Adding a “kinda” button to Amazon Prime Video could offer several benefits: 1. Fine-tuning Recommendations: Users often encounter content that they only partially enjoy. By allowing them to express that sentiment with a “kinda” button, Amazon Prime Video could gather more nuanced data on user preferences. This data could then be used to refine recommendations, ensuring that users are presented with content that aligns more closely with their tastes. 2. Enhanced Personalization: With more detailed feedback from users, the platform could personalize content recommendations even further. Users may appreciate having a more tailored selection of movies and shows that better match their preferences, leading to increased satisfaction with the service. 3. Improved Engagement: Allowing users to express nuanced opinions about content could increase engagement with the platform. Users may feel more invested in providing feedback if they have the option to express a sentiment that falls between liking and disliking a particular title. 4. Data Insights: The data collected from the “kinda” button could provide valuable insights into viewer preferences and behaviors. This data could be leveraged not only to improve recommendations but also to inform content acquisition and production decisions.Overall, implementing a “kinda” button on Amazon Prime Video could lead to a more personalized and satisfying user experience, while also providing valuable data for the platform to enhance its content offerings.

  26. Since the overlords at Amazon won’t allow any negative reviews on their products, ill try this.Everything I say is the opposite!I love Amazon, I love the ads, I love paying monthly if wanted to remove them, but I don’t cuz I love them.Amazon doesn’t make enough so they needed to find a way to separate you from even more $$. But the ads are great, I’ll never get rid of prime.

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