Alexa Guard is coming soon for all Echo owners in the US

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Amazon has announced that all Echo devices in the US will be getting a new app called Alexa Guard.

"Alexa is always getting smarter, and her ability to accurately detect specific sounds will improve the more you use Guard", Amazon explained in a product FAQ.

Remember that you'll need to activate Alexa Guard every time you leave the house by saying "Alexa, I'm leaving".

Alexa Guard takes advantage of far-field microphones in Echo devices to listen for triggers such as the sound of glass breaking and alarms from a smoke or carbon monoxide detector. Away Lighting works with connected smart lights, plugs, and switches that are Works with Alexa-certified. It will be free to Echo owners in the U.S.

The new defense system is compatible with the entire family of Echo devices. Those paying for professional surveillance via Ring's security kit or ADT's Control smart home setup can even enable Alexa Guard to send Smart Alerts directly to the security provider, who may then alert authorities in case of potential emergencies.

Should Alexa detect an alarm, you'll get a notification and a 10-second audio clip saved in the app, so you can listen in on the noise. You will also be given the option to Drop In on your Echo device. Amazon takes note of that Alexa Guard isn't meant to be a trade for a caution framework, and it can't alarm experts. "You can review Alexa Guard audio recordings associated with your account and delete those recordings one by one or all at once by visiting Privacy in Settings in the Alexa app or Deleting Alexa Guard audio recordings may degrade your Alexa experience". It can also be used to simulate someone being in your home when you're away, to scare off any chancing burglars.

ATTENTION music lovers, Apple Music is now available on Alexa in Australia and New Zealand. Customers can use their voices to arm and disarm their Ring, ADT Pulse, and ADT Control security systems.

Yes. Alexa Guard can be set up to work with your existing home security system. It's also important to note that Guard can not contact emergency services, such as the police or fire department, and the service as a whole goes down if there is an internet or power outage-it's a cloud based service.