New Follow-Up Mode keeps Alexa active for, well, follow up questions

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Alexa won't nest one request into another, but it will accommodate multiple requests back to back.

Open the latest version of the Alexa mobile app. You'll know if Alexa is ready for a follow-up question if the blue indicator light is on after Alexa answers your first question.

Several people who own Amazon's Echo speakers have reported a odd bug: The Alexa voice assistant has been laughing for apparently no reason. It is interesting to note that the latest addition of a feature comes just a few days after, several Amazon Echo speaker users reported a unusual bug where Alexa was seen to be laughing for apparently no reason. It is often annoying while using digital assistants that you have to speak a particular "wake" word after every request, such as "Hey Siri" in the HomePod, "Ok Google" in Google Home, or "Alexa" in Amazon speakers.

Amazon's Echo line of devices gets a new feature in the form of "follow-up" mode, which lets users spit out command after command without repeating the wake word each time.

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What do you think about Follow-Up Mode?

These incidents have also prompted claims from users saying Alexa speaks up at other times, again, without prompting from them. Choose a device and scroll down to the newly added "Follow-Up Mode" toggle. Follow-up mode works by allowing ALexa to continue listening for up to give seconds after an initial command is made. Will you be activating this setting on your Echo device (s)?

In a statement, Amazon said: "In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh'". Currently, follow-up mode is only available in English, and will only work when Alexa isn't being used for another persistent activity such as listening to an audiobook or music.

The feature is available on all hands-free Alexa-enabled devices.

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