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Alexa can raise its voice to be heard with new Adaptive Volume feature

Alexa can raise its voice to be heard with new Adaptive Volume feature
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Alexa has a new Adaptive Sound feature that lets it raise its voice to be heard over loud noises, The Verge reports. That means you'll be able to hear what the voice assistant says even if your smart speaker is next to a whirring washing machine.

The aim is to compensate for background noise, be it people talking, household appliances or music blasting out from another speaker.

The feature is live now for US customers (it hasn't been announced yet for the UK). To activate it, just say, "Alexa, turn on Adaptive Volume."

This isn't the first volume tweak Amazon has given Alexa. In March, it released Whisper Mode, which makes the voice assistant quieter and also shortens its responses – handy if you have a sleeping baby you don't want to disturb. You can also set the volume differently depending on the time of day by setting a "set volume" action to a custom routine. That way, you can make Alexa quieter for first thing in the morning, if you like.

Amazon's most recent Alexa speaker is the Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen). Not only does it have a screen, it also rotates to follow you around the room on video calls. But Amazon's speakers aren't the only game in town – check out our list of best Alexa speakers from all manufacturers.

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Joe Svetlik

Joe has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Stuff, The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Men's Health, GQ, The Mirror, Trusted Reviews, TechRadar and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include all things mobile, headphones and speakers that he can't justifying spending money on.