Skill Review: L.A. City

PROS

  • Provides appropriate news, calendar, and earthquake report
  • Calendar events can be filtered by categories
  • Earthquake reports provide results relative to the users’ location

CONS

  • Earthquake report only works if you provide your location
  • Certain event dates cause it to stop abruptly

VOGO Voice RATING                          3.75/5

Voice First                                                       4/5
Display Friendly                                              3/5
Performance/Ease of Use                            3/5
Accuracy/Data Quality                                  5/5
Value Proposition                                          4/5
L.A.City

Verdict

The L.A.City voice app developed by the City of Los Angeles is an initiative to connect with citizens and promote civic engagement. It offers coverage not only on the latest news and city council committee meetings but also focuses on family events that are of specific interest to the general public. Besides news and calendar events, the skill also provides details about holiday events around L.A. as well as information about city council members and forthcoming council sessions. Revolving around the interests of the general citizenry, the city of Los Angeles has taken a leap with its own Alexa skill to connect with its community and bring them a step closer to timely information.

The L.A.City voice skill has made good use of prompt and re-prompt features to enable users to interact with the skill. These response features incorporated within the skill guide users to respond accordingly so as to keep the conversion open, as needed. Instances of prompts also get repeated when the user provides an unknown input. The different category of events streamed via the voice app captures one’s curiosity but fails to live up to the expectations. The L.A.City skill elicits the user’s response regarding retrieving an earthquake report or details of an event the user is interested to know more about. But, after informing the users on the availability of such data, it requires the need for the user’s location to continue. Much along the same lines, when the user asks to listen to an episode on certain dates, the voice app becomes unresponsive soon after initiating the request to play the segment. After careful deliberation on the pros and mishaps, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the L.A.City skill is not as resourceful as it claims to be. 

The VOGO Voice team scores this skill a 3.75 out of 5-stars based on our rating system. Even so, try for yourself and see how well the skill works for you. Perhaps, you may find what you were looking for!

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