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Hands-free Alexa coming to Amazon Fire tablets

06 April 2018, 03:22 | Yvette Williams

Amazon has two new AWS products, brings hands-free Alexa to more tablets

Amazon Fire 7 And HD 8 Tablets Updated To Function As Hands-Free Alexa Speakers

Telling an Echo "announce", "broadcast" or "tell everyone" something will make all connected devices on the account relay the message.

A new software update allows Amazon Fire 7 (2017) and Fire HD 8 (2017) owners to use their tablets as an Alexa speaker.

You can already call another Echo device using a feature called Drop In; the Announcements capability announced today is just for one-way blasts.

Say "Alexa, announce that it's time to get up", for instance, and "It's time to get up" will be broadcast to all the other Echo devices in the household. It's possible to disable this feature through Alexa's settings menu, as well as to control whether the functionality works while the device is password locked.

Users can just say "Alexa, broadcast" and then a message.

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Amazon (amzn) has been steadily releasing new Alexa features meant to be used across multiple Echo devices.

The downsides (outside of the power constraint) are that since the tablets do not have the far field microphone arrays that proper Echo devices have.

Amazon has added the ability to play music and podcasts as part of Alexa Routines, as it looks to make its smart home schedules even smarter. That way, if you live in a large home, you won't need to raise your voice, or traipse from room to room, to tell everyone in the family that dinner's ready.

Check out Amazon's help page for the feature.



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