Amazon extends hands-free Alexa to Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets
07 April, 2018, 00:46
Debuting in the USA and Canada only, the new feature is dubbed Alexa Announcements and allows users to broadcast messages to all the AmazonEcho devices located around their home. You can also use the "Alexa, tell everyone" and "Alexa, broadcast" commands and it will be echoed (hehe) to all the rooms where your smart speakers are located.
Aside from Drop In and Announcements, Amazon's Alexa also allows users to call or send a message.
Alexa Announcements rolls out in the United States and Canada today and although there's no word on when it will be introduced to other territories, it would be surprising if it didn't eventually.
A new feature called Alexa Announcements enables you to make an Echo intercom system throughout your home. The new mode reportedly replaces few of Alexa's spoken responses with simple beeps. After a minute or two, it should be ready to go, and you'll just have to remind yourself to have a friendly chat with Alexa as you're enjoying your morning coffee.
While this isn't a something very meaningful considering the way in which Alexa works, it would make the user-Alexa interactions less verbal and straightforward.
Amazon did clarify that, as of right now, Alexa Announcements will only be rolling out to US and Canadian customers. Amazon Key lets you lock and unlock your door from anywhere using the Amazon Key app. You'll eventually be able to use it with all other Amazon devices that have Alexa since some of them are starting to get hands-free Alexa mode like the Fire 7 and Fire HD8.
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