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Alexa calling and messaging comes to tablet devices

Alexa calling and messaging comes to tablet devices

The Verge has the news on Amazon's update for its popular assistant. It's noted that previously, Echo speaker owners could use the call feature to make free calls or send messages to other Echo owners. Recently, many users are reporting that their Alexa-powered speakers have been laughing in a "creepy" way at random times. This means that the person who you are messaging or trying to call has to also have Alexa installed on their iOS or Android device.

Now available on all hands-free Alexa-enabled devices set to US English, this feature lets you make follow-up requests without repeating the wake word.

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Amazon.com, Inc. shares rose $10.61 (+0.66%) in premarket trading Tuesday. Once the Alexa app is open, the feature should work the same as if the device were any other Amazon Echo-enabled device. If you'd prefer to chat face to face, you can also ask Alexa to make a video call or simply hit the "Video" button in the in-app Contacts menu. Provided you're on a pre-approved list of contacts that is. If you have Echo Show or Echo Spot devices, then you'll also be able to view video from those.

Amazon has said the reason why the device is laughing is because it mishears "Alexa laugh". They include the iPad Mini 4 which starts at $399 and move up to the higher-priced, larger and more robust iPad Pro. Since Alexa recognizes your voice, when you say, "Alexa, call Mom", Alexa will call your mom.


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