Amazon has added the ability to set named timers and reminders on Alexa devices. This means you can now have multiple timers, each with a different name by saying something like “Alexa, set a 20 minute rice timer” and “Alexa, set a 7 minute timer for cookies.” You can then ask “Alexa, how much time left on my rice timer” and Alexa will know which of your multiple timers you’re talking about. When the timer goes off, Alexa will tell you the name of the timer by saying “Your rice timer is done.”
In addition to named timers, Alexa now supports named reminders, which are similar to alarms but much more mellow. If you say “Alexa, remind me to take out the trash at 6 pm” you will then hear Alexa say “I’m reminding you, take out the trash” at the designated time. When a reminder goes off, Alexa will sound a soft beep and repeat the reminder sentence exactly twice before stopping on its own. Alexa does not continuously repeat reminders until you stop it, like it does with alarms and timers.