Alexa's new 'Brief Mode' makes the assistant talk less

Amazon's constantly adding new features to Alexa to ensure it's as helpful as can be, but the latest goodie actually makes the assistant talk less. As part of a new feature called "Brief Mode", Alexa's responses are shortened, and in some cases, replaced with just an audio cue rather than saying "Ok."

According to users on Reddit, they were first informed of the feature when normally interacting with Alexa. In one instance, Alexa told someone that it'd start using shorter responses when they asked it to turn off the lights. Later on, a new setting for Brief Mode was discovered in the Alexa app.

You can find the new option at the very bottom of the settings, and it's within a new page titled "Alexa Voice Responses." Per the description for Brief Mode:

In this mode, Alexa speaks less, and for some simple messages plays a short sound instead of a voice response.

This is an interesting move on Amazon's part, and it's a feature that I'd actually like to see make its way to the Google Assistant at some point. I love using my Google Home to control all of the lights in my apartment, but a short audio cue would be preferable as opposed to constantly hearing the Assistant say "Sure, turning Hue White Lamp 3 off."

What do you think? Is this a feature you're looking forward to on Alexa?

Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.