Today the Amazon Echo gets just a little bit more Irish and as such a little bit more useful for Irish users. Up until today, Irish Echo users were stuck using BBC or the Guardian to get their news. While these news outlets are great, they are very much UK focussed.
This has all changed today though as RTE have released an Amazon Alexa skill which is simply called “RTE News”. If you would prefer RTE to the Guardian or BBC, simply head to the ‘Skills’ section of the Alexa app and either scroll right under the flash briefing heading or just search for RTE.
Here is what the skill looks like in the store:
Best of all, you can set RTE as the default news player for “Flash Briefings” so you can use one of these two commands with the skill:
“Alexa, what’s my flash briefing?”
“Alexa, what’s in the news?”
At the time of writing the app has a score of 4.6 stars out of 5 which is pretty good but this score has only come from 11 reviews. If you’re an RTE fan (or want Irish news), then in our opinion it is worth downloading. Either way it is great to see our licence fee being spent on something innovative for a change!