Alexa routines just got a major upgrade

You can now open Alexa skills via an Alexa routine!

Just like you turn the lights on or get your morning news via an Alexa routine, you can now open Alexa skills too. For example, you could turn on your favorite ambient sleep sounds when you say "Alexa, good night" -- or tweak your morning Alexa routine to open Movie Quiz after you dismiss your Alexa alarm. My husband and I did a morning movie quiz recently at Alexa's suggestion, and it's actually a really fun way to get your day going!

Pro Tip #1: To use this nifty new feature, make sure you have the latest version of the Alexa app on your smartphone.

Pro Tip #2: Performing specific skill actions within a routine (other than opening the skill) is not yet supported. Hopefully, that will come soon! (For instance, you could program an Alexa routine to open the ADT skill, but you wouldn't be able to arm your ADT security system.)

Why are Alexa routines so great?

Alexa routines make everyday tasks as effortless as possible!

This artist dressed up his Echo like a beer can

Seattle artist Rudy Willingham recently re-skinned his Echo speaker as a large Rainier beer can. Sounds like he's looking into producing Echo covers to sell in time for the holidays -- I'd be a buyer! Tap/click here to read more.

Silly Alexa thing to try today

“Alexa, what's your middle name?”
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