Supporters can receive Swansea City news from Alexa

10th March 2022
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Swansea City, in conjunction with Other Media, are delighted to raise the bar in accessibility and convenience for fans with new Alexa skills and news briefing.

Alexa, Amazon’s voice-controlled smart assistant, is making a whole host of everyday tasks even simpler, in a variety of devices from smart speakers, to phones, to cars.

Now the Jack Army can find out the latest Swans score, get the upcoming line-up and their daily dose of Swans news, all without lifting a finger. Swansea City’s digital partner, Other Media, have developed a flash briefing and a Swans Alexa skill for fans to get updates through their smart devices.

The service is also designed to help break down potential barriers for people with visual impairments and blind supporters who may find news delivered aurally to be more convenient and accessible.

To use these new features with a smart speaker you can activate them now or, if you haven’t yet enabled Alexa, you simply have to download the Alexa app to your computer, tablet or smartphone, and then enable the news briefing and the skill (more details below).

Once enabled you can ask Alexa the score or the line-up by saying  “Alexa, ask Swans Official the score”. This tells Alexa where to retrieve the requested information from so it’s important to always use the invocation name: “Swans Official”.

Alexa will then include all the latest from Swansea City next time you ask for the news.

More details on how to set up these exciting new features can be found below.

Download the Alexa app for iOS and Android

Download the Swans Alexa skill

Enable the Swans News Briefing

 

Add the Swansea City News Briefing

You can add the Swansea City news briefing to your smart speaker either through the app, in a browser, or by voice (if your speaker already has Alexa enabled):

Using the Alexa app:

1, Download Alexa app for iOS or Android
2. 
Log in to your Amazon account or create a new account (here)
3. Follow instructions to connect your smart device if not already connected
4. 
On the “More” tab select “Skills and Games”
5. Tap the magnifying glass in top right to open the search, and enter “Swansea City News
6. 
Tap on “Swans News” when it appears in search results
7. Select “Enable To Use”
8. Now you can hear the latest news from Swansea City whenever you ask Alexa for the news
9. To change the content or order of your news briefings, select “Settings” and then “Manage Flash Briefings”

 

In a browser on a laptop or desktop computer:

1. Log in to your Amazon account or create a new account (here)
2. Follow instructions to connect your smart device if not already connected* 
3. Select “Alexa Skills” from the drop down list next to the search box
4. Type “Swans City News” into search box
5. Select “Swansea City News” (or click here)
6. Select “Enable Skill”
7. Now you can hear the latest news from Swansea City whenever you ask Alexa for the news
8. To change the content of your news briefing, select “Manage in Flash Briefing” where you can select or deselect the news you have enabled

 

By voice:

1. Say “Alexa” to activate the device
2. Say “activate Swansea City News”
3. Now you can hear the latest news from Swansea City whenever you ask Alexa for the news
4. To change the content of your news briefing you will need to follow the instructions for how to do this in the app or a browser (above)

 

Add the Swans Skill

You can add the Swans Skill to your smart speaker either through the app, in a browser, or by voice (if your speaker already has Alexa enabled):

Using the Alexa app:

1. Download Alexa app for iOS or Android
2. Log in to your Amazon account or create a new account (here)
3. Follow instructions to connect your smart device if not already connected*
4. On the “More” tab select “Skills and Games”
5. Tap the magnifying glass in top right to open the search, and enter “Swans”
6. Tap on the “Swans” skill when it appears in search results
7. Select “Enable Skill”
8. To ask your smart device the score or line up, simply say “Alexa, ask Swans Official the score” or “Alexa, ask Swans Official the line-up”. Saying “Swans Official” tells Alexa where to retrieve the requested information from so it is essential to always use the invocation name: “Swans Official”.

 

In a browser on a laptop or desktop computer:

1. Log in to your Amazon account or create a new account (here)
2. Follow instructions to connect your smart device if not already connected*
3. Select “Alexa Skills” from the drop down list next to the search box
4. Type “Swans” into search box
5. Select the “Swans” skill from the search results (or click here)
6. Select “Enable Skill”
7. To ask your smart device the score or line up, simply say “Alexa, ask Swans Official the score” or “Alexa, ask Swans Official the line-up”. This tells Alexa where to retrieve the requested information from so it is essential to always use the invocation name: “Swans Official”.

 

By voice:

1. Say “Alexa” to activate the device
2. Say “activate Swans Skill”
3. To ask your smart device the score or line up, simply say “Alexa, ask Swans Official the score” or “Alexa, ask Swans Official the line-up”. Saying “Swans Official” tells Alexa where to retrieve the requested information from so it is essential to always use the invocation name: “Swans Official”.

*click here for help setting up your smart device

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