Amazon Echo Devices Can Now be Used as an Intercom System

Apr 06, 2018, 03:21
Amazon Echo Devices Can Now be Used as an Intercom System

Don't feel like buying an Amazon Echo?

When MobileSyrup's Sameer Chhabra reviewed Amazon's Fire HD 8 (2017), he described the relatively affordable tablet as "media-oriented", but felt its lack of support for the entire Play Store, could be a significant issue for some users.

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

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Amazon has added hands-free Alexa use to its Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets, giving users of those devices the ability to summon the virtual assistant with just their voice for the first time.

This update is compatible with Fire 7 and Fire 8 HD tablets running 5.6.1.0 version software and above.

The feature will be rolled out as a software update. The HD 10 is fully capable of using Alexa while it is asleep.

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The catch is that new feature now only works for "one-way announcements", meaning someone can use an Echo speaker to relay a message like "Dinner is ready" to other speakers, but no one else will be able to respond from the other Echo devices.

With Amazon's track record of encouraging companies to come onboard the Alexa bandwagon, this will likely lead to more smart lamps being released that can do a lot more than just turn on and off. At that point, you can ask Alexa to handle your request. Also, if you're interested in playing music, the speakers won't sound as well as a full-sized Echo.

If you own the Amazon Fire HD 10tablet, you know how much easier accessing your virtual assistant is with hands-free Alexa.

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