Alexa Brief Mode will make it less talkative


Reddit users over at /r/AmazonEcho discovered something interesting: a new mode for Amazon Echo products called Brief Mode.

This new update comes just one week after Amazon taught Alexa to understand follow-up commands, so that users don't need to utter a wake word for every single command.

This seems to be the only difference with brief mode - using beeps instead of verbal cues to acknowledge successful commands - but it's not hard to imagine how Amazon might expand its applications.

Curiously, first mentions of the new feature on an internet-of-things device reportedly come from Reddit users who spotted the new feature. The feature appears to be in a test phase, as not all users find this setting available, Mashable reports.

As reported by Engadget, the feature aims to speed up your interaction with the digital assistant and will complete tasks more quickly since tasks are usually completed after Alexa responds to your query.

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According to a screengrab released by AFTVnews, users will be able to toggle between on and off for the Brief mode through the settings tab on the Alexa app. Users who choose the Brief mode option will see a message that reads, "In this mode, Alexa speaks less, and for some simple messages plays a short sound instead of a voice response".

Once again, Amazon hasn't made any announcement about the feature, so your mileage may vary when trying to turn it on or off on your Echo equipment. If hearing her confirm your request is the straw that breaks the camel's back, we can tell you that the tool to silence Alexa is rolling out right now to the iOS version of the Alexa app.

For instance, Alexa on Amazon Echo can turn on lights when commanded and an "Ok" response isn't necessary.