Alexa can now provide detailed updates on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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As the Tokyo 2020 games continue, Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, has been updated to give customers quick and easy access to Great Britain and Ireland’s latest news and successes throughout the Olympics and Paralympics.

Supporters of Team GB, Team Ireland, ParalympicsGB and Paralympics Ireland can now ask their Alexa devices – be it an Amazon Echo device or compatible smart TV – a range of sport-related questions and expect to receive comprehensive responses around team performances, medal counts and general daily updates.

So, as well as using your Alexa device as an alarm, cook book, music player, encyclopedia or intercom, you can also now use it to stay in touch with every development over in Tokyo. 

This latest Alexa update follows a similar update during Euro 2020, which saw the smart assistant able to help football fans settle debates surrounding England, Scotland, Wales and their respective group opponents Switzerland, Croatia, Czech Republic, Turkey and Italy.

Unfortunately, though, the freshly-announced, deeper-voiced alternative voice to Alexa (called Ziggy) is only on its way to smart assistant owners in the US, joining the likes of Shaquille O’ Neal and Melissa McCarthy, who have also lent their voices exclusively to devices overseas.

That said, if Alexa users on this side of the pond can get detailed Olympics updates, who needs Shaq?

So, what can I actually ask Alexa?

We’ve included the full list of unique responses added by the Olympics update below, which are available to try out right now:

  • “Alexa, what’s the Olympics update?”
  • “Alexa, what’s the Paralympics update?”
  • “Alexa, what’s Team GB’s Olympics update?”
  • “Alexa, what’s Team Ireland’s Olympics update?”
  • “Alexa, what’s Team Ireland’s Paralympics update?”
  • “Alexa, which country has the most gold medals?”
  • “Alexa, what’s Team GB’s medal count?”
  • “Alexa, what’s Team Ireland’s medal count?”
  • “Alexa, who is the athlete of the day?” 
Axel Metz
Senior Staff Writer

Axel is a London-based Senior Staff Writer at TechRadar, reporting on everything from the latest Apple developments to newest movies as part of the site's daily news output. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion. 

Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned an NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme.