Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
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Alexa Announcements Is the Handiest Skill Yet

Alexa Announcements Is the Handiest Skill Yet

Don't feel like buying an Amazon Echo?

Amazon has added a new feature for its Echo speakers, which enables users of the Alexa-powered devices to make one-way announcements around a home or office.

The feature will be rolled out as a software update.

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.

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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.

The tech giant said Alexa could then be used to control video playback, set a timer, control music and other appliances in a smart home, such as connected lights. At that point, you can ask Alexa to handle your request.

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's $59.99 CAD, Fire 7 Tablet features a 7-inch display, up to eight hours of mixed use battery life and 8 GB of storage, with support for up to 256 GB of expandable storage. The speakers aren't as good as a full-sized Echo, and tablets don't have the mic array you'd find on an Echo, either. Now that same functionality will roll out to Amazon's other tablets through a free, over-the-air software update.

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