Amazon's Alexa is down for everyone right now

  • Amazon's Alexa is down for everyone right now

Amazon's Alexa is down for everyone right now

A widespread issue appears to be affecting Alexa's ability to communicate with Echo speakers.

An Amazon spokesperson didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The smart voice-based assistant will reportedly integrate its knowledge of the Japanese culture to make the translations more accurate. To get a culturally aware translation, the user must be a little more specific when talking to Alexa.

"Asking the virtual assistant, "Alexa, what do I say to the father of the bride at a wedding in Japan?" would solicit a different response and tone from Alexa than if you asked the assistant "What do I say to the master of ceremonies at a wedding in Japan?", the report says". Context and cultural awareness is something that's still missing. is also reporting with Alexa.

Word of this potential Alexa upgrade suggests that Amazon is getting more serious about taking Alexa mobile. The intelligent personal assistant is now capable of deciphering single words and phrases, but with these improvements, Amazon hopes that Alexa will work seamlessly in conversations as a real-time translator. "Direct Connect connections from the Equinix DC1 - DC6 & DC10 - DC12, Ashburn, VA and CoreSite VA1 & VA2, Reston, VA locations are affected by this issue", Amazon said on its status page. Samsung's Bixby voice assistant on its Galaxy phones is already capable of basic translations, while Bragi also created wireless earphones past year that featured real-time translation. Google caused a stir when they demonstrated real-time translation via the Pixel Buds. All good stuff, though one potentially game-changing skill that is coming to Alexa is real-time language translation.