The feature is available on all hands-free Alexa-enabled devices, like the Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Spot. Select your device then toggle the Follow-Up Mode switch. They still have to divide those into two, but now without needing to say "Alexa" each time. "We are changing that phrase to be 'Alexa, can you laugh?' which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance 'Alexa, laugh.'" In addition to this, Amazon also adds, "We are also changing Alexa's response from simply laughter to 'Sure, I can laugh" followed by laughter".
With follow-up mode, users can give Alexa commands or requests back to back, without having to say "Alexa" for each one.
The user is not required to call out Alexa again, and if they don't say anything at all, Alexa will go back to sleep. It is interesting to note that the latest addition of a feature comes just a few days after, several Amazon Echo speaker users reported a odd bug where Alexa was seen to be laughing for apparently no reason.
With Follow-Up Mode, the digital assistant listens for five seconds after she's finished responding.
What do you think about Follow-Up Mode? Now, however, a setting in your app turns on Follow-Up Mode that makes multiple questions just a little bit easier. There's the fact that for it to determine a command is indeed a follow-up, Alexa must first be "confident" that the second command isn't just background noise from people chattering or a dialog from a TV program.
It'll be interesting to see how well this works. This new feature is available to all Amazon Echo devices but so far it is only available in US English.