Hey @David. I'd guess (and it's only a guess) that the Alexa logic tree just looks for the first available HDMI channel.
You may need to post the same question on Ring and then possibly Samsung (but I'm guessing Ring) to see if they can advise if there is a way of building the request to include (or exclude) currently activated HDMI ports (i.e. those you are using on the working tv.)
Hey, all these clever things are still "early days" so perhaps a few boo-boo's are to be expected. Hope you get working solutions from any of the three "partners in crime" concerned with your issue. Good luck. CW
Hi David. In my opinion, the sales bluster outnumbers the ability for Amazon to actually deliver what it claims. Sure moving forward it may eventually be useful, but not just now I feel. 😔
I think it is a bit of a blanket statement and somewhat wide of the mark to say "......moving forward it may eventually be useful, but not just now...."
am sure that many, many users already find Alexa and associated technologies to be very useful.
One thing to bear in mind, a product such as Alexa etc is not the same as launching a consumer product such as a new TV or camera, for example. In those cases the product has a defined list of features and works or does not.
With something like Alexa - it has features, but the many ways that the product might be used and integrated into other systems are not limited by some initial definition from the developer or manufacturer. I feel fairly certain that nobody in Amazon sat down a year or two ago and thought, for example, " with Alexa someone can view their video doorbell camera on their TV and control it all by voice, while watching their TV" - never mind going to the next stage of "what about the Ring doorbell and a Samsung TV? " This implementation with Alexa might even come as a surprise to Ring - and they might see a way in the futire to make it even easier to link their devices into an Alexa/google smart home.
Many of the uses and implementations will come from the innovation and creativity of the customers and users - just as the degree of "smart home" someone has does. They will not all be driven top-down by Amazon or other manufacturers of smart devices and controllers.
I would expect that Amazon and other manufacturers are monitoring feedback and user-forums from avid and enthusiastic users who are finding new ways to use these devices, and finding things that they want to do and either can not implement or can not easily implement. Those users are also helping each other eg " i already did that, I downloaded xxx and set it up like this vvvvvv and it works" . This will feed into future versions/releases/software/firmware I would expect.
- With "evolving" hardware and software forums such as here (and all other Smart products and services) must be very useful in finding out what new and/or novel ways the products are being used; What "outside the box" solutions and methods clever users are implementing to make things work or work better; and highlighting needs that no-one had envisaged and that now offer challenges to implement or huge opportunities to the first innovator to develop that app or product. ("Dragons Den for Alexa users" .... wonder if I can copyright that :) )
- The other point relates to "fixed and firm" v. "evolutionary". Having always worked in the military/ air sector everything needed to be defined to the last decimal point. Saying "this usually works most of the time" is a sure way of never winning the hearts and minds of jet pilots or mud hounds!
These wonderful Smart things are the exact opposite. (To me almost like a Kenwood Chef. Build a stable and strong core device and make sure it is robust enough to be able to hang practically anything you like on it, pasta maker, liquidizer, mincing machine, what have you.)
Early adopters of tv's, camera's etc. get the thrill of new at the cost of the next model being half the price and having 10 times the functionality. Early adopts for these Smart things seem to have the "cost" of seeking new ways of using them - but hopefully their equipment remains strong enough to adapt to new technology.
It's the second point that seems to me to be pivotal. Amazon seem to be trying to make sure that their core technology is strong and stable, built for the long run and "fuzzy" enough to bolt on new apps and skills. I have too often seen other companies use "new features" as a way of forcing older machines to be thrown away. Possibly a good aggressive sales view in the short run, but canny customers soon learn that "you need to buy a new one every year" :( As phone manufactures are learning now to their cost.
Short summary : I like seeing a growing pool of skills, apps and tech becoming available to a strong core product such as Alexa (and i presume Google). I hope that forums such as this and on other sites help and encourage that growth in skill, apps and technology in a timely, cost effective and without "obsoleting"(?) stuff every six months.
David, thanks for the update. It is interesting to hear from someone figuring out new/novel ways to use Alexa etc. I think in general Alexa and similar technologies are already exceeding the imaginations of some, and going well beyond the scope envisaged by many early purchasers (and sceptics).