Amazon introduces ‘adaptive volume’ feature to Alexa speakers

Echo Dot 4th-Gen

Amazon is introducing a feature that will improve its smart speakers’ response in noisy environments. The company calls the feature ‘Adaptive Volume.’ It will make Alexa respond louder if detects too much background noise.

The feature will make sure you can still hear Alexa’s responses even if there’s background noise. It isn’t on by default. You need to activate it by saying “Alexa, turn on the adaptive volume.”

Alexa already supports Whisper mode where it responds in a softer voice if you whisper commands to it. The company didn’t confirm if Adaptive Volume can also make the voice assistant respond in quieter audio if there is no background noise.

You can already adjust Alexa’s volume by using the “set volume” voice command.

For now, the feature is only available to US customers. If you are living in the US and own an Echo speaker, try adaptive volume.

This Adaptive Volume feature is similar to Google Nest’s Ambient IQ that promises to do the similar thing.

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