An outage affecting Amazon Web Services has pulled the plug on Alexa-powered devices. The outage is specific to Amazon Web Services, temporarily affecting services that rely on it like Slack and Alexa.
The Verge reports asking Echo devices simple questions results in a non-response, followed by Alexa stating it has lost connection. Amazon has yet to comment on the situation or provide a timeframe of when the issue will be alleviated, but it has not responded yet.
The outage seems very ironic as Amazon’s Alexa-inspired Super Bowl ads revolved around “Alexa losing her voice,” resulting in multiple celebrities taking over voice assistant duties. That bit was quite entertaining, but in a turn of events, fiction has become a reality.
As more information becomes available, we’ll be sure to update the post.