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Parenting in the age of Alexa and her ilk

Answer Update lets Alexa get back to you when she's stumped "Answer Update" is a new feature for Alexa that notifies you when she comes up with the answer to a question that she couldn't respond to immediately
Cecil Davis | 09 August, 2018, 07:15

While Amazon hasn't closed that gap yet, you'll now be the first to know when it does.

In a statement to PCMag, Amazon said it will be rolling out this feature to "all Alexa customers over the coming week".

Here's how it works.

Amazon enthusiasts have spotted a new feature being tested in the wild that lets the interactive speaker thing get back to you at a later date, should it now not know the answer to one of your spoken queries.

"Once Answer Updates is turned on, each time you ask Alexa a factual/informational question and she doesn't know the answer, she will go find it and send you a notification on the Echo device when she has it", Amazon explained.

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Amazon's digital voice assistant Alexa will now come back to you to answer your question from three days ago.

Alexa seems to respond this way whether Answer Updates is on or off, which may make it hard to remember whether the feature is enabled.

Answer Update lets Alexa notify you when she's learned the answer to a question that was previously too tough for her. There doesn't appear to be a way to toggle this feature in the Alexa app or on the Echo Show's and Echo Spot's screens yet.

We've all been there: Your boss asks you a question and you don't have the answer. Unfortunately for Amazon, nobody really uses that feature.