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Alexa is Amazon’s cloud-based voice service platform that powers an entire smart device ecosystem lets you speak your wishes and turns words into action through the Echo system. The small computer in the Echo isn’t completely dumb, It has enough built-in smarts to do several tasks, like operating back music and making lights blink. Alexa is an Amazon’s virtual assistant AI technology, and with its constantly-improving artificial intelligence capabilities, Alexa can respond to simple queries and perform complex routines to provide information, entertainment, and general assistance to its users. For most people, all you have to know about how does Alexa work? It’s the name of the voice that comes out of Alexa-enabled speakers, and the brain behind the devices like Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show and other devices. Amazon has designed the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) to mimic real conversations, lives in the cloud, converts the recording into commands that it interprets. Although, you’re using intuitive voice commands to get this service to perform specific tasks. 

The name “Alexa” was chosen for a few reasons, firstly the name “Alexa” harks back to the Library of Alexandria, which attempted to collect all of the world’s knowledge, and Amazon is attempting to do the same thing. Alexa is continuously learning but, in theory, it should be a seamless source of knowledge.

Alexa” is simply the “wake word” that alerts the service to start listening to your voice, when you say the word “Alexa”, it recognizes the word. Also, you can change this wake word to “Amazon,” “Echo” or “Computer,” if you like. Once the speaker detects the wake word, the ring around the top will light up blue to indicate that Alexa is actively listening to your questions and commands.

Users can take advantage of Alexa’s abilities by issuing voice commands to “smart” devices such as an Echo speaker to achieve their desired outcomes, say something like, “what’s the weather today,” and Alexa will answer your question – in this case, with a quick summary of the day’s forecast.

How does Alexa work?

Alexa can provide you with hours of entertainment, functionality, and productivity enhancements, and once you have your commands down, you can start flexing your smart assistant’s muscles. Now we want to show you how you can put the smart assistant to work and act upon requests! 

Firstly, connect your Wi-Fi with echo system to connect and command to Alexa. You can connect your Wi-Fi Network and see how does Alexa work in a very simple way:

1. Go to your WiFi settings of the phone and connect with Amazon named network.

2. Return back to the Alexa app, various networks will appear on your phone.

3. Connect with your home Wi-Fi network to join your echo device.

4. Now tell and command your Alexa.

Here’s how does Alexa work:

Whenever you ask Alexa a question or give her a command, the Echo reads the audio and uploads the snippet to Amazon’s cloud servers. Those servers change the audio into text, then figure out the best way for Alexa to answer. That info gets transferred back to your Echo speaker, where Alexa translates the text back into a spoken response. All of this occurs in about a second.

Here is an unusual list you can ask Alexa:

1. “Alexa”, Open YouTube.

2. “Alexa”, play songs.

3. “Alexa”, play motivational quotes.

4. “Alexa”, how is the weather.

5. “Alexa”, Interview me.

6. “Alexa”, Open recipe for pasta.

7. “Alexa”, Open Vocabulary.

This approach means that the Echo and Alexa can do a lot of stuff, and the list is getting longer: Alexa also has the ability to set up “routines,” where a single command that you set — say, “Alexa, goodnight” — shuts off the lights, locks your front door, sets an alarm for a time you set, and sets your coffee pot to turn on at a specific time.

General Knowledge– From kitchen conversations to sports statistics, Alexa is extremely handy at pulling up a quick fact. Just ask. She’ll also give you a summary of the day’s headlines from the news sources of your choice if you say, “Alexa, what’s my flash briefing?”

Music Playback- Alexa can perform songs, artists, albums, playlists, genres, or podcasts on request. You can choose either Amazon Music or Spotify as your default music library, and you can pick between Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, and Pandora as your default station service.

Smart Home Control- Alexa manages the thousands of connected devices -smart lights, thermostats, Wi-Fi-enabled appliances, connected cameras, home security systems, robot vacuums, and much more. By connecting your echo device with Alexa, you’ll be able to command Alexa to turn things on and off or control them in other device-specific ways.

Alarms and timers- Alexa is always happy to set a quick kitchen timer, which comes in handy when your hands are messy, set a recurring alarm if you want to use your Echo as an alarm clock.