What are Amazon Alexa Skills?

July 9th, 2019

Get ready for Amazon Prime Day in coming up in a week on July 15th and 16th!



Today’s post is by Troy Lowe; Vice President of Development at SafeSourcing Inc.

With Amazon Prime Day rapidly approaching, it might be time for you to consider purchasing an Amazon Echo if you do not already own one. The Echo is a voice activated; internet connected smart speaker that contains a built-in virtual assistant named Alexa. Alexa will follow voice activated commands and can answer questions, stream music from current music services, set alarms and timers and control smart home devices such as lights, alarm systems and thermostats. If the Echo is a little out of your price range, or you are looking for a more inexpensive alternative, you may consider purchasing an Amazon Echo Dot. This is a hockey puck sized device that is smaller than the Echo and about half the price. Since the Dot is smaller, the sound quality will not be as good as the Echo but is still packs all of the same features. One of the things that make these devices so powerful are the Alexa skills. Alexa comes with a set of built-in skills, but other third-party skills can be downloaded as well. You can think of skills like apps that you download to your smartphone or tablet. These skills can be used for a variety of things such as answering questions, receiving weather forecasts, controlling smart home devices and receiving news content. There is an endless selection of skills that are available and here are a few of the most popular.

  • Apple Music
  • Nest Thermostat
  • Philips Hue
  • Logitech Harmony
  • iRobot Home
  • Amazon Storytime
  • Spelling Bee
  • ESPN
  • Sleep Sounds
  • Zyrtec Daily AllergyCast
  • Uber/Lyft
  • NYC Subway
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • GrubHub
  • OpenTable

If you are interested in upgrading any of your electronic devices, feel free to contact SafeSourcing. We can gather all the necessary information for you and help you decide which devices meet your needs. If you would like more information on how SafeSourcing can help you, please contact a SafeSourcing Customer Service representative.  We have an entire team ready to assist you today.




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