Amazon's Alexa is down for everyone right now

03 March, 2018, 06:36 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
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This doesn't appear to be a localized issue, as complaints are now streaming in at an alarming pace on Down Detector, where thousands of users are having trouble with their Echos and Echo Dots.

Yahoo Finance reports that one of the ways being considered would allow Alexa to translate languages in a more sophisticated manner.

The website Downdetector.com, which tracks and documents technology issues, reported witnessing a sharp increase in user problems with Alexa beginning at 11:23 a.m.

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Alexa acting up doesn't just affect your usual news bulletins or music controls.

Amazon's bigger goal, however, is to teach Alexa to become a multilingual assistant.

Amazon Alexa is already capable of translating short sentences in English into 36 different languages, including Arabic, Hindi, Indonesian and Thai. For example, asking the virtual assistant, "Alexa, what do I say to the father of the bride at a wedding in Japan?" would solicit a different response and tone from Alexa than if you asked the assistant "What do I say to the master of ceremonies at a wedding in Japan?"

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Many users are reporting trouble using Alexa on Echo speakers. Or will the company shoehorn the Alexa into more smartphones as the de facto smart assistant?

Amazon does not have a page that tracks the status of consumer products and complaints.

Beyond language itself, the company wants Alexa to gain a well-rounded knowledge of the cultures in which the translated languages are spoken.

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Amazon Echo owners at Business Insider confirmed that Alexa is acting up, and it's being slow and buggy.

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