A beginner’s guide to Alexa
We’ve compiled some top Echo tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Amazon Alexa once she’s up and running.
Amazon's Echo can do more than just turn on lights
The rise of the smart home has continued apace this Christmas as thousands of homes across the UK received Amazon Echoes as festive gifts.
Such was the demand for the Echo and Echo Dot speakers – which enable users to control household appliances such as the kettle, lights and thermostat – that Amazon briefly ran out of stock before December 25.
And the Alexa herself – the Echo’s voice activated assistant - was the most downloaded app on Google Play and Apple App Store on Christmas Day as proud new owners rushed to take control of their smart home devices.
But perhaps the best fun you can have with your new Echo is by asking Alexa to entertain you by answering a dizzying array of questions, telling a joke or completing a famous movie phrase or two.
Believe it or not, the companion app has an irreverent sense of humour and an encyclopaedic knowledge of trivia and fun facts.
So, here are the top ten fun things you can ask Alexa this January to help stave off those New Year blues.