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Amazon Echo now allows third party apps to control media using voice commands

Amazon Echo

The #AmazonEcho is a pretty versatile device as most of us know. This device can be controlled with just your voice thanks to the onboard voice assistant known as Alexa. However, some of the Alexa features like pause/playing media, adjusting volume etc were only limited to Amazon’s apps. Well, Amazon is now allowing third-party apps to enable support for this feature as well, bringing seamless voice controls to more apps out there.

These features are making their way with the new Alexa Voice Service update. You can find the changelog below:

  • Volume Control: Ability to adjust and mute/unmute volume on your product using voice or buttons.
  • Media Control: Ability to control media playback (e.g. play/pause) on your product using voice or buttons.
  • Timers and Alarms: Ability to create and manage timers/alarms on your product using voice.
  • Amazon Alexa App Enhancements: Control volume, media playback (e.g. Amazon Music, Audible), as well as manage timers/alarms on your product using the Amazon Alexa App.

Developers will have to make use of the new APIs in order to bring this feature to their apps. Since Amazon has left the choice to the developers, it’s up to them to add support.

Source: Amazon

Via: Android Police