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Amazon Echo can now play games and can let you know if your car needs gas

The Amazon Echo connected speaker keeps adding new features with its weekly updates, and the latest one allows it to play games with its owners.

You can go to the Skills section of the Alexa app to enable some games that are fun for the whole family:

  • Bingo - Enjoy a game of Bingo anytime you like! With the Bingo skill, Alexa will call the numbers for you. Just ask: "Alexa, open Bingo."
  • Trivia Alex - Trivia Alex is a fun multiple-choice trivia game to play at home with up to 4 people and your host Alex. Just ask: "Alexa, open Trivia Alex."
  • Math Puzzles - Math Puzzles is a fun way to challenge yourself and your friends. You'll hear a series of numbers and you must guess the next logical number in the sequence. Just ask: "Alexa, ask Math Puzzles to play a game."

You can also say things like, "Alexa, rock, paper, or scissors?", "Alexa, flip a coin." or "Alexa, pick a card." to the Amazon Echo and have it respond accordingly.

A new third-party skill called Automatic is now available for the Echo. It's used with the Automatic Car Adapter (opens in new tab) which connects to a vehicle and allows Echo users to get information about their cars by asking things like, "Alexa, ask Automatic if I need gas." or "Alexa, ask Automatic how far I drove last week."

Finally, Echo users can say, "Alexa, play Indie for the Holidays from Prime Music." They will then be able to listen to a curated list of original holiday songs from 27 artists.

The Alexa app can be found on the Google Play Store (opens in new tab) right now, and you can pick up an Echo speaker directly from Amazon for $179.

$179.99 from Amazon (opens in new tab)

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  • I want one of these so bad, but I have absolutely zero need for it. Bah! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm with you PZ... not a need, but definitely a want. Although, part of me would like to know how much gas is in the car since other people borrow it a lot. Posted via the Android Central App
  • We use ours so MUCH! We listen to Prime music stations, local streaming radio (mostly for the dogs when we are away), controls a good portion of our lighting (in combination with SmartThings and Hue), set timers for cooking, alarms for taking naps, etc...
  • My car has this feature called a gas gauge. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol yeah I need to know when I need gas when I'm in the car not the house. Although if you could set it to give you oil change reminders that actually might be kind of useful... then you could say, "Alex, when do I need to change my oil"... Alexa responds, "in 200 miles, would you like to reorder oil?" Posted via the Android Central App
  • I would like to know, as sometimes my primary car will be low from someone else driving it, and I'll be set back because of it. But for those cars that only have one driver, it would be useless most of the time. No one else in the family knows how to drive my second car, and I like it that way ;) Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just want it to say "Shall we play a game?" in that War Games Joshua voice.
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • Yes. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I can see the gas thing being useful if you've forgotten how much is in your tank, and are trying to decide if you need to allow extra time on your commute or not-- lord knows I've had plenty of times where I've left the house late, only to realize that I need to spend an extra five minutes tanking up. This would be particularly useful if you're a multi-car household, and you don't know that your kid decided to go on a road trip yesterday night, or you have a garage queen that you haven't driven in a few weeks. More useful would be getting this tied into the traffic report-- don't just tell me my shortest route, warn me that I'm low on gas while driving is on my mind. Alerts would be better still, but that's something I'd probably want more from my phone than Alexa-- I'm not yet comfortable with the idea that she's going to start a conversation out of the blue.
  • She is very scary on what she knows and what she can do! By far, well worth the money for sure
  • $99 bucks for a car adapter? I'll look at my fuel gage! ;) Posted via my S6 Active!
  • I got one of these one sale for $50, and while it's definitely neat and pretty useful, even $50 was overpaying for it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • But doesn't it give you diagnostic information similar t o Onstar without a monthly fee? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I think it does. I have onstar in wife's car and it's nice to have diagnostics on hand. Plus starting car remotely while at an arena is useful instead of being within a hundred feet of it. Posted via the Android Central App