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Alexa devices will now know exactly where you are – in a good way

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Amazon is rolling out a key bit of Echo software to all Alexa-enabled devices, which will enable any device equipped with the smart assistant to gauge the proximity of voice commands.

Anyone with more than one Alexa-enabled device in their home will know the tribulations of trying to speak to one device without activating another by accident.

Previously only a feature of Amazon’s Echo family of devices, Echo Spatial Recognition (opens in new tab) (ESP) limits confusion between multiple smart speakers or gadgets, ensuring that the one closest to you picks up on your commands.

With smart assistants like Alexa more ubiquitous than ever, and featured in thousands of smart home devices, it’s only natural that Amazon is working to ensure those devices work in harmony together – and so encouraging users to bring as many as possible into their home.

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The update expands an ever-growing library of additional skills and features for the popular smart assistant, which also recently gained a new EQ function – meaning users can now ask Alexa to crank the bass during a song, or adjust its frequency to best suit the style of music being played.

By continually improving software capabilities, Amazon is ensuring it future-proofs its products against the competition, and continues to add value for those who have bought into the Alexa ecosystem so far.

Henry is a freelance technology journalist. Before going freelance, he spent more than three years at TechRadar reporting on TVs, projectors and smart speakers as the website's Home Cinema Editor – and has been interviewed live on both BBC World News and Channel News Asia, discussing the future of transport and 4K resolution televisions respectively. As a graduate of English Literature and persistent theatre enthusiast, he'll usually be found forcing Shakespeare puns into his technology articles, which he thinks is what the Bard would have wanted. Bylines also include Edge, T3, and Little White Lies.