Amazon Echo picks up some new skills and support for more smarthome hardware

Amazon just keeps rolling out the features to the Amazon Echo, the latest of which bring support for more Wink hub-connected smarthome products, along with some new third-party app support for Alexa called Skills.

First up, Amazon says that the Echo now works with Wink hub-connected smart lights from Leviton and Lightify. Amazon originally added support for Wink-controlled products in early July, and the extension to Leviton and Lightify going other compatible products and hubs from WeMo, Philips Hue, and Belkin.

The other big part of this update is an early look at some third-party Alexa skills coming down the pipeline. The first three that you can check out now are StubHub, Math Puzzles, and Crystal Ball. After you enable the Skills in the Echo app, you'll be able to ask Alexa things like "Alexa, ask StubHub what is happening in Seattle this weekend" to get a rundown on nearby events.

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Dan Thorp-Lancaster