23 July 2020
Amazon has announced a new Alexa app update that brings a complete design revamp. The new design is focused on offering personalized suggestions as well as the first-party capabilities of the digital assistants. All the third-party skills that it used to show on the home screen have now been moved so that they do not take the center stage anymore.
The first thing that one would notice straight away is that the Alexa icon has now been moved to the top. It previously used to show weather updates at the top but since most users open the app to interact with Alexa, the icon has been given a priority. The icon has a sub-text, "Tap or say Alexa" which would be helpful for first-time users.
The icon is followed by a bunch of personalized suggestions like reminders, shopping lists, and recently played music track. These suggestions will vary from user to user depending on their usage habits. The bottom navigation bar where the Alexa icon used to reside now features a new "Play" option. This is an option that is said to encourage users to make use of Alexa for listening to their favorite music, artists, and playlists.
All of the additional stuff like Skills and Alexa settings have been moved to the "More" tab. They are not at the forefront of the app which is a good move from the team. The all-new Alexa app update is coming to Android iOS, and Fire OS devices. It will be released globally and is expected to reach everyone by the end of August.