The latest update allows users to program their Echos to perform certain tasks when they utter a specific, pre-set phrase

Amazon's Alexa has been a useful tool for many, but now the voice-activated assistant is going to be more customizable than ever with Alexa Routines. Users can program Alexa to remember to complete certain actions when they say a specific phrase, like having Alexa turn on the lights when the user says, “Alexa, I'm home.”

The new integration is designed to not only make Alexa better for daily use, but also more personal, since even similar command phrases can have totally different meanings between devices. However, the integration only works with some smart devices, a list that does exclude several Alexa-enabled devices. Google and Apple are also working on similar phrase-setting integrations, but are still limited in what commands may be completed.

Alexa Routines

Amazon's Alexa has been a useful tool for many, but now the voice-activated assistant is going to be more customizable than ever with Alexa Routines. Users can program Alexa to remember to complete certain actions when they say a specific phrase, like having Alexa turn on the lights when the user says, “Alexa, I'm home.”

The new integration is designed to not only make Alexa better for daily use, but also more personal, since even similar command phrases can have totally different meanings between devices. However, the integration only works with some smart devices, a list that does exclude several Alexa-enabled devices. Google and Apple are also working on similar phrase-setting integrations, but are still limited in what commands may be completed.