On Friday, Amazon announced that it will be unveiling an optional feature for Echo device users. Instead of having Alexa respond to requests with her voice, there is the option for the device to confirm requests with chimes and other sounds.
For example, if you ask Alexa to turn your lights on, you will still hear Alexa say "Okay," but in "Brief Mode," your command will be followed by a small chime while she turns on the lights.
This addition is coming at a perfect time, as the Alexa assistant is being found in other smart devices, such as: home appliances, smart faucets, and more. If you do not want to hear Alexa respond to every command, the chime comes in handy, especially with so many appliances using the Alexa feature.
Some users are noticing the feature on their Echo and other smart devices, but they report that it is "buggy."
A spokesperson for Amazon released a statement, saying:
"We're always looking for ways to make Alexa even more useful for customers, and the new Brief Mode setting is another example of that."
The feature should be available to all Echo device users very soon!