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Amazon Alexa review
Amazon Alexa is a hub app for smart home devices. It allows you to connect and control smart speakers, lights, thermostats, cameras, and many more in one place. It was initially released in 2014 and is now available on Android and iOS. The app also has the Alexa assistant built-in, as well as it has other integrations with Amazon products and services.
Design, Navigation, and Usability: Easy Home Management
The app is designed very well, both in terms of how it looks and how it works. It is very pleasing to the eye, as the developers have mostly utilized dark backgrounds, making it very relaxing and setting the right mood for home. The navigation is also pretty clear with Amazon Alexa, which is impressive, as it provides so many features. You won’t get lost in this app, no matter if you use it for switching on lights, turning on music, or creating shopping lists. The usability is also pretty great, as all the features are very intuitive and easy to use.
Features: Control Your Home
Amazon Alexa offers a whole variety of features. First of all, it is compatible with a wide range of smart home devices, starting with thermostats and ending with speakers. The most integrated products are the ones made by Amazon, which truly reveal their potential with this app. Apart from smart devices, it also offers the built-in Alexa assistant, which reacts to your commands. You can also connect with friends and family through this app and even create shopping lists. All this works in perfect synergy between each other, allowing you to turn on your smart speakers with your voice, tell Alexa to configure the thermostats and launch a movie without even having to click anything.
Security: Watch Out for Devices
The app itself is pretty safe as the data is stored and protected properly, and breaches with someone connecting to your home devices are not very likely to happen. Amazon understands its responsibility and protects you properly from such connections. However, the devices might be a security issue, especially the smart speakers, which can be turned on by voice. Such devices are logically hearing everything around them and processing it, which may be considered as a huge vulnerability to privacy.