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Although you can't actually play music on your Echo with it. You need a networked player/speaker combo too.


Yes indeed , although it will play Music/ Video through Amazon Fire TV


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This is our first foray into home automation. While you can use Alexa to browse, discover, play, and control your media, there are some limitations in out first release. We have plans to expand the features and capability, but for now, these are the known limitations:
  • Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Tap devices can be used to communicate with Alexa, however at this time they can't be used for playback themselves. We hope this will be a reality in the near future.
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This is our first foray into home automation. While you can use Alexa to browse, discover, play, and control your media, there are some limitations in out first release. We have plans to expand the features and capability, but for now, these are the known limitations:
  • Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Tap devices can be used to communicate with Alexa, however at this time they can't be used for playback themselves. We hope this will be a reality in the near future.
That's where I read it too.
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Alexa in the loo ? No really Jeff....


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Has anyone tried G-Home with Nvidia Shield? I'm not having a great deal of luck compatibility wise, which is odd given that the Shield is running Android and Google Assistant.

So far, the only thing I've managed to get G-Home to do it "play youtube video youtube on Shield". I can't get it to do music either via Spotify or Google Music (both installed on Shield) or anything else for that matter.
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I was wondering anyone has written any of their own skills or Google actions. I was amazed how simple it is to do. Now i am thinking about more thinks to do.

By the way if you use Amazon Fire TV the voice control gives you access to Alexa. You don't need to say Alexa just press the microphone button and ask "what is the weather in Basel" and the result will be displayed on the tv.

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Just right for your kitchen , Alexa with touchscreen. Alexa show me a doughnut recipe ......


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Hi
I was wondering anyone has written any of their own skills or Google actions. I was amazed how simple it is to do. Now i am thinking about more thinks to do.

By the way if you use Amazon Fire TV the voice control gives you access to Alexa. You don't need to say Alexa just press the microphone button and ask "what is the weather in Basel" and the result will be displayed on the tv.

Have fun
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Only on the English/American version of Fire TV I read ....
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Re: Amazon Echo / Alexa

Has anyone got Amazon music to work with their Echo?

I want to try the free one with your own limited track list before I get a subscription.

With various configurations of a U.K. Echo Dot and various configurations of accounts with Amazon.com, Amazon.de and Amazon.co.uk, I have uploaded my tracks to the Amazon cloud but when I try to access the music with Alexa, I get, in the Alexa app:

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Please try again later.

Has anyone had any luck and if so, what did you do?

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Re: Amazon Echo / Alexa

Just to let you know you are not alone. Whatever I tried, I could not get it to work. I even tried changing the 'location' address and different accounts. Audible too does not seem to work.

In the end, we just use a spotify to subscription to play music. If you do find a solution, please post and let us know.

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Has anyone got Amazon music to work with their Echo?

I want to try the free one with your own limited track list before I get a subscription.

With various configurations of a U.K. Echo Dot and various configurations of accounts with Amazon.com, Amazon.de and Amazon.co.uk, I have uploaded my tracks to the Amazon cloud but when I try to access the music with Alexa, I get, in the Alexa app:




Has anyone had any luck and if so, what did you do?

Thanks!
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Has anyone got Amazon music to work with their Echo?

I want to try the free one with your own limited track list before I get a subscription.

With various configurations of a U.K. Echo Dot and various configurations of accounts with Amazon.com, Amazon.de and Amazon.co.uk, I have uploaded my tracks to the Amazon cloud but when I try to access the music with Alexa, I get, in the Alexa app:




Has anyone had any luck and if so, what did you do?

Thanks!
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Just to let you know you are not alone. Whatever I tried, I could not get it to work. I even tried changing the 'location' address and different accounts. Audible too does not seem to work.

In the end, we just use a spotify to subscription to play music. If you do find a solution, please post and let us know.
Make it three!

I cannot either
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Make it three!

I cannot either

I have both Amazon Music and Audiible working fine on 4 Echos in Zurich Registered to my Amazon.com account.


I tried to set up for a friend and it looks like once you have registered the Echo to Amazon.de it NEVER forgets that , even after a hard reset of the Echo. Even though the Echo shows up in his Alexa App , which is registered to his Amazon.com account. It shows zero skills and complains that he needs to set to German to "match his main account "


Even more bizarrely , if I use my tablet and use Alexa logged in to his Amazon.com account, I can see his Echo and Voila - US Skills all visible
So I have to take my tablet over to him whenever he needs to add a skill...


My conclusion is that Amazon have put zero effort into thinking of people who want to run multiple accounts and switch between countries
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Old 23.03.2017, 16:10
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Just to let you know you are not alone. Whatever I tried, I could not get it to work. I even tried changing the 'location' address and different accounts. Audible too does not seem to work.

If you do find a solution, please post and let us know.
I got it working in the end (without Amazon's help).

This is what you need to know:

Echo will only see your music if your Amazon music library exists, or is transferred to the Amazon account where you set up your Amazon Music account.
This need not be your country of residence.

I found I had created my Amazon Music account on Amazon.com (and not .de or .co.uk).
With my music set up on Amazon.de, Echo couldn't see it.

To transfer it to Amazon.com, I either needed a U.S. IP address or a U.S. bank account so I used a VPN for the former as I do not have the latter.

You transfer your music library on the Amazon website account page (settings/your music). I had to enter a U.S. address (I have family there so that wasn't a problem) and a Swiss credit card.
Once this was accepted, I could then see my music when I logged into the Alexa webpage and I could also play it on my dot.

Amazon still thinks my country of residence is Germany. I'm going to wait a bit before trying to change that to Switzerland although I don't think it really matters.
Oh, and I'm sure I tried all this before and it didn't work but I was a bit more logical this time!
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I have amazon echo dots and a google home.... was quite excited to have them at first, but I have to say they get less use than I thought they would.

What do you guys think?
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Old 27.03.2017, 14:39
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I have amazon echo dots and a google home.... was quite excited to have them at first, but I have to say they get less use than I thought they would.

What do you guys think?
The 'skills' that people rave about are, let's be honest, pretty pathetic and very gimmicky.
My five-year loves it (Tell me a Knock-knock joke...)

I use mine the whole time - it's in the kitchen/living area and I use it to listen to the radio when in the kitchen (it's much easier with voice activation than messing around with buttons/touch screens with dirty hands).

We also use it to turn lights on and off for meals etc which is a lot easier than visiting several switches. around the walls.

The shopping list is pretty useful - again in the kitchen, you can add stuff to it without stopping cooking.

I can use it to do other stuff via OpenHab but to be honest, the whole point of home automation is that you set it up so you don't have to do anything - which makes Echo/Google home redundant.
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The shopping list is pretty useful - again in the kitchen, you can add stuff to it without stopping cooking.
If not aware, Bring! app works also fine
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Old 28.03.2017, 16:43
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I have amazon echo dots and a google home.... was quite excited to have them at first, but I have to say they get less use than I thought they would.

What do you guys think?
Still using it for the same stuff as we did when I first got them. We first had a set of Echos and Dots, later replaced them with Google Home, mainly because the Echos just won't understand my wife, no matter what (although she's the native speaker in the household). We have three Google Homes now - one in the living room, one in my office and one in my wife's office. We control the lights in the house almost exclusively through home automation. The hallway lights are completely automated (using motion and light sensors), the ones in the rooms (except the kids' rooms) are controlled via Google Home. Works perfectly and is very convenient.

Other things we use the GHs for are:

- opening and closing the garage door (no more looking for the fob)
- listening to music, either directly on the GH or on the Sony speakers via chromecast
- shopping list
- locking the main door (Nuki)
- arming the alarm system (IFTTT)
- various timers and alarms

all of this on a daily basis - so these things actually do get a lot of use out of them. I have to say, though, they make most sense if you already have some additional home automation devices installed, such as lights etc. So the brains of the whole thing isn't Google Home, but the Smartthings Hub and, to a lesser degree, IFTTT.

For anyone who's getting started with home automation, I'd recommend at least getting the ligthing set up all over the apartment. Things only tend to become a natural part of everyday life if there's a certain degree of consistency. There's no point in having 3 Philips Hue lights spread out over several rooms, for example. Philips Hue (and other smart bulb systems), in my opinion, only becomes interesting once they're verywhere in the house, enabling dimming and mood lighting everywhere, being able to combine several lamps into one lighting setting etc. Once this has been done, Google Home and Amazon Echo really spring to live.
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- opening and closing the garage door (no more looking for the fob)
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I assume you've got some sort of logic built into this to stop a stranger standing outside your window and shouting "Google, open the garage door!"
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I assume you've got some sort of logic built into this to stop a stranger standing outside your window and shouting "Google, open the garage door!"
They'd have to shout really loudly for that to work :-) No, not really - as the automatic garage door requires the door to remain unlocked anyway, there's no real point in that. Not really worried about that - for the main door, however, we've only enabled locking via Google Home, not unlocking. Sames goes for the alarm system - it can be armed, but not disarmed. The latter would work through Amazon Echo as that allows the system to be disarmed using a spoken PIN code.

We don't have anything valuable in the garage, except for the car, of course, but that one's far more likely to be stolen when standing outdoor at work etc.
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I assume you've got some sort of logic built into this to stop a stranger standing outside your window and shouting "Google, open the garage door!"
It stops the crims who can't speak English.
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- opening and closing the garage door (no more looking for the fob)
But I guess you still need a fob in your car?

I'm setting mine up so I can open and close it via a smart phone too (encrypted of course).
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