The Amazon Alexa app just got a much-needed upgrade in favor of a better user experience. Amazon has announced that the Alexa Map View feature is now in preview on some devices to make it easier to control smart home devices.
If you’ve ever used the Alexa mobile app to control your smart home, you’ve probably noticed that it can be an annoying experience. Scrolling through a list of dozens of randomly named devices to find the one I need doesn’t make for an easy-to-use UI. Map display can change that.
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“Even I have trouble with this. Scrolling through a long list to find that device with a name I can’t remember,” Charlie French, Amazon’s director of Smart Home, explained during the company’s first Map View announcements in September. “We knew we had to make it easier.”
Map View is a visual layout of your home, with easy access to smart devices connected to Alexa. Using the Alexa app, consumers can create a map of the rooms in their home and then drag and drop any smart device to the appropriate location, making it easier to find the device they need in less time.
Map view is only available on certain devices. In a preview interview with ZDNET, French explained that LiDAR-enabled iOS devices are required for the room scanning process that creates the map. Alone at the moment iPhones 12 Pro And ProMax, 13 Pro And ProMax, 14 Pro And ProMax, 15 Pro And ProMaxAnd iPad Pro (4th generation or newer) can use Map View in the Alexa app.
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I’ve been looking forward to Amazon improving the Alexa app for a long time. I told French that I have at least two smart plugs that are plugged into something and working, but I have no idea what they are called, so they are essentially “lost.” My husband has woken me from a deep sleep at least three times by accidentally turning on my bedside lamp at 100% while he was trying to turn on a light bulb in the living room.
Use Map View on Amazon Alexa
What you need: The Amazon Alexa app with all compatible smart devices added and a compatible Apple device.
You can tap Done when you’re done and start controlling the devices in your room from your card.