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Echo Abilities Expanding

The Echo / Alexa seems to be slowly expanding its capabilities, especially for local search. Some highlights:

  • Reading Kindle books from last page left off (produces an ad for Audible)
  • Asking for local entertainment
  • Asking for local restaurants

It’s likely that Amazon is tapping into some new local information source that it either has access to or acquired. This opens some questions:

  • Can this add to Alexa’s capabilities on mobile?
  • Will it open up food or other service ordering through the device as its own platform? (rather than through certain skills)
  • What other information could be passed on to service providers to facilitate ordering?
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