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Alexa's new 'Brief Mode' makes Amazon's voice-activated assistant talk less

Alexa Replaces Some Spoken Responses With Beeps Amazon Alexa gains 'Brief Mode' with less verbose remarks after doing simple tasks
Velma Reese | 18 March, 2018, 09:30

Alexa might be getting a new mode that will be a tad less disruptive to the user's life.

Amazon introduced a new "Brief Mode" that makes Alexa talk less. This explains to us why the feature disappeared from devices that have received in the past.

It's a rather obvious feature in hindsight and should go a long way towards speeding up our interactions with our virtual assistants, it's simply, more efficient. The Redditor said in his post: "I just asked Alexa to turn on my lights, she said "OK" just like normal, but after that, she said that this would be the last time she would, and that I would hear a beep tone instead on a successful command".

Beeps can't replace all responses, but any simple confirmation a command has been received will likely become a beep in Brief Mode.

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Currently, the new feature seems to be in a test phase, if it does gain popularity, Amazon could expand the option for other commands as well.

It may sound like a small update, but it could make a big difference for people who rely on Alexa to control a lot of devices in their homes, and get exhausted of hearing a vocal response to each command.

It's highly possible Amazon is testing this nifty feature, and it makes a lot of sense. AndroidAuthority.com, for example, suggests that complete silence might be more preferable than a beep. It allows you to toggle a switch, and in turn, Alexa will speak less. We certainly can think of a few times in the past when Alexa had a little too much to say and all we wanted was a brief confirmation from her.

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