by Andrew Heinzman on
There isn’t much to say about the new Chromecast. It’s almost identical to its 2nd generation counterpart, even down to the $35 price point. Oh, and it doesn’t support 4K.
Smart speakers are becoming more popular than ever. What futuristic thing are people using theirs for? Automating their lights? Starting their car? Probing Alexa’s infinite knowledge from the internet? No, it’s pretty much just playing music.
According to data from analytics company Activate, most smart speaker owners aren’t doing a ton of smart stuff with their speakers. The most common (and most obvious) use is playing music, which 48% of average users and 74% of “super users” do. After that, users tend to ask general questions, ask about the weather, and set alarms and timers.
That’s all pretty boring! Which is fine. Everyday life is boring, so playing music is probably the most exciting thing you actually need to do. And it’s true that an Echo is an awesome way to control your smart home, but it also costs extra money to buy those smart lights. Of course most average users don’t want to bother.
However, if you’re one of the savvy, resourceful, attractive super users who read sites like Review Geek, you might want to get a little more out of your Echo. Here are just a few things you can do beyond the average:
The biggest problem with using voice assistants is that new features are essentially invisible. Until someone tells you—or if you get those regular “What’s new with Alexa?” emails—an incredible new feature could go unused for months. Fortunately, the Echo is still useful enough for mundane, everyday tasks to make up for it.
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