Ask Alexa

If you were one of the many gazillions of people to receive an Amazon Echo or Google Mini for Christmas, you’re probably now into the swing of things. Or maybe you’re bored. (How many times can you ask Alexa the weather?) But there are plenty of great things you should be using your home assistant for, beyond playing music and helping you to turn on your lights hands-free.

How about asking Alexa one of these fun book-related questions?

Alexa, what’s in a name?

Alexa, who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?

Alexa, do you like green eggs and ham?

Alexa, what’s the answer to life, the universe and everything?

Alexa, Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

How about asking a few personal questions to your Google Home assistant? Maybe you’ll get to know each other a bit better. Things like:

OK Google, ask me a question

OK Google, what’s your favourite ice cream?

OK Google, are you friends with Siri/Alexa/Cortana?

OK Google, what’s your favourite Pokemon?

OK Google, Star Trek or Star Wars?

OK Google, how do you like your coffee?

OK Google, what’s your favorite ice cream?

OK Google, who’s your favorite superhero?

Do you own a Kindle? Alexa can read your ebooks to you! Just pick an eligible Kindle book and ask her to play it. (She can’t read graphic novels, immersion books, or participate in narration speed control.)

Google Home will now play your audiobooks purchased from Google Play for you, too. They only recently started selling audiobooks outright, but you can share between family members, and play without using Bluetooth, or a casting device.

What are YOUR favourite questions to ask your home assistant? (Stuck in the thick of winter, we’re asking Alexa to play bird sounds quite a bit–one of her skills. It’s nice to hear pretty birds as you do the dishes or read.)


4 thoughts on “Ask Alexa

    • I feel like you need to know how you want to use the device. Alexa works with smart home equipment like special lighting and plugs, but Google doesn’t. Google home is great if you want an option to cast things to your TV using Google chrome. Alexa doesn’t.

      Overall, Google home seems to be a bit more intuitive when you ask it questions. Alexa often has trouble understanding questions.

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