Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

That sound ... yes, that lack of sound ... it's here

Amazon Alexa devices stopped working in the UK and reportedly in parts of continental Europe this morning, with some users still complaining of intermittent outages at the time of writing.

The digital blackout began at around 0800 UK time and though it appeared to be recovering by 09.30, some folk – including Reg staffers – were still experiencing service failures at the time of writing.

The creepy always-on audio surveillance device voice-activated home assistant relies on a constant connection to Amazon’s servers to function.

We have asked Amazon to explain what was happening but it hasn’t yet replied to us. There are no messages acknowledging the cockup on any of its social media or other marketing channels.

This was the vision of pure hell that greeted one Vulture this morning.

Amazon Alexa outage screenshot

One Reg reader told us he had seen short outages over the past few days.

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