Amazon’s virtual assistant technology, has been quirked up a notch with another smart feature. The Prime members can now get Alexa to send deal alerts 24 hours in advance. However, as per the company’s announcement, the new tool is only available to US Amazon Prime customers owning Echo smart speakers (fourth generation or newer).
How does it work
The tool sorts out a user’s interest through their wishlist, shopping cart, and products saved for later. As soon as a product is about to go on offer, Alexa will send an alert 24 hours in advance. Additionally, users will get the alerts through the Echo device. After that, they can learn more about the offer by asking Alexa about the notifications. Most interestingly, users can set Alexa to buy the product on offer through simple voice command, “Alexa, buy it for me.” The set default payment method and delivery address will ensure a faster purchase. Or else, a user can ask Alexa to send a reminder when the offer becomes available.
How to turn on the feature
1. Open the Alexa app and go to More and then Settings
2. In the Notifications menu, select Amazon Shopping
3. After that, click on Shopping Recommendations and enable Deal Recommendations
Once the users have set Alexa to send deal alerts 24 hours in advance, the Echo ring will turn yellow. Users will also get a pop-up notification on the smart device.
Amazon has not yet specified if these deals will also include products sold by third parties. But, the company did disclose that the feature will be available on Kindle Paperwhite. In addition, it is unclear if or when this new tool will be made available to Amazon Prime customers in countries other than the US.