Amazon has rolled out an replace to the Alexa app that allows you to add your most-used good units as Favorites, a useful new function that comes saddled with some quirks.
An announcement for the brand new Favorites function popped up in my Alexa app this morning, with Amazon calling Favorites a method to “shortly activate or off lights and extra.”
The Alexa app will auto-add a few of your good units to your Favorites, which seems on the Units tab simply above your Teams.
You’ll be able to see six Favorites at a time, and you may swipe the display to see extra. The buttons look just like those you’ll see within the Apple Dwelling app, and you may faucet them to toggle particular units on and off.
An Edit button helps you to shortly add or take away Favorites, however annoyingly, you’ll be able to’t drag the buttons to rearrange them. Which means if there’s a particular good machine that you just wish to seem on the primary Favorites web page, you’ll need to delete present Favorites till there’s room on the primary web page so as to add a brand new one.
Tapping a three-dot “overflow” icon on one of many Favorites buttons takes you to the settings display for the machine. Within the case of a wise mild, that’s the display the place you’ll be able to regulate its brightness or change its shade temperature.
Whereas it’s nice that the Alexa app now helps you to add good units as Favorites, it might be even higher for those who may add a scene as a Favourite, too. For instance, I’d like a Favourite that may activate the scene that turns all my downstairs lights on, versus only a single downstairs bulb.
Additionally, whereas I get the logic that good house Favorites seem on the Units tab, I’d choose in the event that they appeared on the Dwelling tab, which is the very first thing you see whenever you open the Alexa app. That will save us the difficulty of getting to change to the Units tab to entry our one-tap Favorites buttons.
Or, how about this: Preserve the Favorites buttons on the Units tab and permit us to set Units somewhat than Dwelling because the default when opening the Alexa app? Even higher, let’s simply ditch the Dwelling tab totally, provided that it presents little greater than ineffective ideas and promos for Amazon providers. Severely, would you miss it?
In any case, you must be capable to strive good house Favorites now within the Alexa app, so give it a strive.