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Amazon in a statement to the TechCrunch has confirmed that it is rolling out a new feature called the Answer Update to its Alexa-enabled devices over the next week randomly which will enable its AI-based virtual assistant to learn answers to the questions it had no idea about earlier.
Amazon Alexa doesn't have all the answers.
So while Amazon's Alexa is able to make some aspects of life easier, using voice commands to shop online just hasn't become a habit for most people, at least not yet. Factor in the inability of a smart speaker to actually let users see the product in question or quickly browse through reviews, or the mechanics of switching between shipping and payment options, and ordering via voice suddenly doesn't sound all that great when users' money is on the line.
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Despite the sale of 50 million Alexa-abled devices, merely 2% of the buyers have made purchases with their own voices in 2018.
We've all been there: Your boss asks you a question and you don't have the answer. The skill will not be triggered "after listening to a news item or other information about a news item".
One of the Information's sources said they believe it is simply a matter of finding out how they could encourage people to continue buying via Alexa through data analysis, after which point they could grow the market quickly.
But this all too familiar heart-sinker is soon to be a thing of the past, with Amazon confirming that a new feature, Answer Update, is set to to arrive to its Alexa devices. "The trend in voice-activated services is growing and for this reason we want to make it available to our customers". Unfortunately for Amazon, nobody really uses that feature.