Amazon Alexa app is getting a major visual revamp which focuses on helping users set up and control their smart home devices. The Alexa app which acts as a setup and companion software for Amazon’s echo devices, Alexa-enabled devices and groups on one screen.
The app now contains more colors too, instead of having white icons on the dark background, Alexa device group including a living room, kitchen, bedroom etc now comes with a colorful background. The redesign of Amazon’s devices was necessary not just because of aesthetic reasons, but Amazon is stocking up the market with more than one smart devices.
The major improvement can be seen in the devices tab which now permits you to control individual smart lights and power outlets on a single screen and at the same time saw them grouped by room. This time the company has focused more on the looks of the app rather than adding new functions. According to a Nielsen report about smart speaker adoption which comes in the market at the start of this month, four out of ten U.S people who now own more than one device.
Smart home devices sales have grown to $96 billion in 2018, and it is expected to grow $155 billion by 2023, another report estimated. After the revamp, the device types can be seen as icons on the top of the screen, the options start with “Echo & Alexa” devices, then “Lights,” “Audio,” “Plugs” and others. A small + button on the top right of the screen allows you to add a new device. The new version also supports the addition of Bluetooth speakers to multi-room music groups.
The Amazon Alexa app update roll out on both iOS and Android worldwide, whereas Amazon has not made an official announcement about the changes yet.