Amazon introduces 'Alexa Announcements' feature for Echo speakers

Amazon introduces 'Alexa Announcements' feature for Echo speakers

Amazon introduces 'Alexa Announcements' feature for Echo speakers

Don't feel like buying an Amazon Echo? "Millions of customers already have more than one Echo device in their home", Amazon says, and given that Echo devices have have been able to function as two-way intercoms and make phone calls since past year, this feature seems like a logical step.

Amazon said to use Alexa hands-free functionality on the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets across the room, users will need to plugin their tablet to a power source.

The new Routines are rolling out slowly, so it may take you a few days to see the option within your Alexa app.

The software update is free, and arrive over-the-air, so your tablet should update automatically.

Alexa on the Fire HD 10 is a better experience than on the 7 or HD 8 because customers can access Alexa hands-free even when the screen is on standby.

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Amazon says the Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot, and Echo Look are the supported devices at launch.

Which is the Alexa Skill you find most useful? For example, you can bring up a feed from an Alexa-enabled security camera installed at your home.

The update is now rolling out to both the Fire 7 and the Fire 8 HD.

This gives the tablets the same abilities as the retailer's Echo range of smart speakers, although audio quality from the slates won't be as good as the dedicated devices. Also, if you're interested in playing music, the speakers won't sound as well as a full-sized Echo.

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