Amazon is planning to update the Alexa assistant found on its Echo speakers (and now Fire tablets) so that it will automatically speak aloud certain important notifications — without first being prompted by users.
Right now, you must address Alexa directly before it responds to commands or speaks back to you about music playback, the weather, news, Uber arrivals, and so on. But The Information claims that Amazon will soon deliver something that app developers have been asking for; the ability for Alexa to blurt out push notifications all on its own.
It’s a natural extension for Amazon’s assistant that would be hugely useful at times. But it’s also easy to imagine such a feature becoming incredibly annoying if Amazon isn’t careful about choosing which notifications are worthy of instant audio alerts.