Amazon fixes cause of Alexa's 'creepy' laugh

Amazon fixes cause of Alexa's 'creepy' laugh

Available only in the United States, the new feature is called "Follow-Up Mode", and when it's turned on, you can make more requests without having to repeat the "Alexa" wake word. The blue ring on your Alexa device of choice will light up during these 5 seconds to indicate that she's listening.

According to CNET, the feature works on all Echo and other third-party devices. Select your device then toggle the Follow-Up Mode switch. However, the more interesting this is that users can end the follow-up "conversation" with Alexa by saying words such as "thank you", or "stop".

Amazon is calling the new feature "follow-up mode", and while it will not let you nest one request into another, the mode will let you ask multiple times back to back. Once that fades, it means Alexa has returned to sleep mode and will only be accessed again via the wake word. Previously, when you asked Alexa a question, you had to say the wake word every time.

Even if she occasionally laughs creepily at you for no reason, Alexa is still a pretty helpful digital assistant.

Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant, has been busting out with a weird laugh at random intervals for some users, freaking them out.

Reliability of this follow-up mode will be something that remains to be seen, as Alexa is not without her quirks. There's the fact that for it to determine a command is indeed a follow-up, Alexa must first be "confident" that the second command isn't just background noise from people chattering or a dialog from a TV program. The feature is only available for U.S. English and won't work when listening to music, streaming an audiobook or making a call.

In a statement, Amazon said: "In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh'".

The feature is now only available in US English in the US.