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Amazon’s Is Rolling Out “Brief Mode” For Some Echo Users to Make Alexa Less Talkative

Amazon’s Alexa is a useful voice assistant, but sometimes it can talk a little too much. To combat this, the company is rolling out a new feature that will make Alexa a little more brief and, in some cases, replace her short responses with a simple beep.

Some users (including myself) are discovering this new feature when they issue a normal Alexa command. Afterwards, Alexa will ask if you want to enable Brief Mode, which will result in shorter responses. Additionally, instead of saying “Okay” after basic commands, your Echo will simply emit a short beep to acknowledge the command works. If you’re not into having a lengthy conversation with Alexa every time you want to turn on a light, it’s a nice change of pace.

Amazon hasn’t made an official announcement about the feature yet, so it’s unclear whether this is rolling out to everyone or just a small number of users to test it out. It seems like a slam dunk of a feature, though, so hopefully Amazon will roll it out to everyone in short order.

Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft
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