Amazon Alexa Now Gives Users More Time to Issue Commands

Patience, young grasshopper

To those who find Alexa to be a bit impatient when you issue commands, you are in for a treat.

According to Forbes, Amazon has rolled out a software update for its immensely popular virtual assistant that forces Alexa to wait longer for a person to finish speaking. The feature was included in a software update to the official Alexa app for iOS and Android.

Amazon Alexa gets a longer wait time to issue commands.

This is an opt-in functionality, so it must be enabled in the Alexa Settings app.

Shehzad Mevawalla, head of Alexa speech recognition at Amazon, said in a statement that the company is always looking for ways to improve speech recognition for all users and all speaking styles.

He also said that many customers have expressed a desire for more time before Alexa responds to requests.

The longer wait time should be useful for garden-variety Alexa users, but it will be a major boon to those with a speech impairment.

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), over 3 million Americans stutter and 5% to 10% of the population has another communicative disorder. The rise of virtual assistants has been a net positive for this community, offering much-needed inclusivity, and this move by Amazon is another step in that direction.

If you are planning on making use of the feature, there are plenty of useful commands you can try out with your favorite Alexa device.

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