This has changed IIRC. I can now search for skills. Unfortunately 99% of the available skills are guessing games, riddles, and/or other useless applications. Some apps are very specialized, like “Chicago Subway Delays” or whatever, not entirely useful outside of…you guessed it… Chicago.
A huge issue I’ve had is the lack of “find me a better price” or “prime only” options when asking her to buy something. I don’t use Amazon for Costco sized purchases (think paper towels, laundry detergent, toilet paper) because I don’t trust that I’m going to get a fair price without first comparing it to other prices online.
I too am adding a dot to my bedroom so that I no longer have to spin up the P-Hue(no pun intended) app every time I want to turn the lights up or down in my bedroom. I’ve even considered getting the “smart” plugs but realized that most dumb devices I own are at least smart enough to not turn back on when the power goes out then back on (think a fan or TV).
Alexa is great at cooking measurements, unless it involves multiple fractions, like “Alexa, what is 1/3 of 3/8th” — She often thinks I’m asking what is 1/3 of the 8th or something not quite accurate.
Most importantly, while I’m here, The biggest thing missing from Echo/Amazon is a simple IFTTT style Skill Creation space/platform. Their AWS documentation is absolutely horrible, and it requires a bit of know how to build even the most simple applications. “Alexa, [action][appName][condition]” or whatever/however it works.
Thats enough for me today. Hopefully I didn’t completely hijack the convo.