Amazon Echo's Alexa Get's Even Smarter with SmartThings Devices Control


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The Amazon AI, Alexa just evolved again. The Amazon Echo now supports Samsung's SmartThings Hub to control multiple connected devices around the home. Here's a quote with the details,

"You can now control even more connected home devices with your voice using Amazon Echo. In addition to controlling lights and switches from Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, and Wink, Echo now supports Samsung SmartThings—including the new Samsung SmartThings Hub, the SmartThings Outlet, and the Lightify Smart Connected LED. A full list of Echo compatible devices can be found here.

To get started with SmartThings, connect your devices to your home Wi-Fi and name them in their respective app. Then say, "Alexa, discover my appliances." After Echo's confirmation, just ask:

  • "Alexa, turn on the television."
  • "Alexa, turn on the stereo."
  • "Alexa, turn off the lamp."
  • "Alexa, turn on the porch light."
Last week, we gave you an early look at a few third-party Alexa skills, including StubHub and Crystal Ball. Thanks @CariAL88 for showing us how you used Crystal Ball. This week, we have a few more skills for you to try. If you love playing games, you can try Bingo. If you're a cat lover, you might enjoy Cat Facts.

To use any of these new skills, you will need to enable them in the Alexa App. Simply open the app and tap on "Skills" in the menu, and then press "Enable" for the skill you want to use

Just like a fantasy MMORPG character, Alexa keeps leveling up and gaining more Skills every week! Amazon seems to be beating everyone in the home automation market.

Don't forget to check out our Amazon Echo forum for further discussion: Amazon Echo | Android Forum at