The blue light on your Echo device will light up whenever Alexa is listening for a follow-up question. Amazon has now made it easier to give follow-up commands to Alexa and speakers powered by the assistant will now be able to listen to back-to-back commands. You'll know for sure if the device is listening if its blue indicator is on.
The AI still can't handle multiple requests in one breath; you have to wait for Alexa to answer one question before you can ask another one. You can also ensure that Alexa won't think that you're issuing follow-up commands when you're talking to someone else by ending the conversation: simply say "stop", "thank you", "cancel" or "go to sleep". This means that the user will have to clearly issue the command because if they don't, Alexa probably won't separate it from the background noise. The company also says the latter phrase is "less likely to have false positives", or in other words the Alexa software is likely to mistake common words and phrases that sound similar to the one that makes Alexa start laughing.
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The new feature is called Follow-Up Mode, and it has to be enabled by users before it can be used. Select the device you want, scroll down, toggle on the mode and you're good to go.
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Alexa will not listen for a follow-up question if the Echo device is playing music or audiobooks, or if you are on a call through the Echo.