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Alexa Announcements Is the Handiest Skill Yet

Alexa Announcements Is the Handiest Skill Yet

Amazon is rolling out a feature today that lets users broadcast messages to connected Echo devices.

As of right now, only USA and Canadian customers will have access to the Echo intercom.

The Amazon Fire 7 (8GB) is now available for $49.99, which makes it the same price as an Echo Dot for roughly the same [Alexa] functionality.

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.

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With the SDK, Amazon says, Alexa can "control your gadget to move motors, play sounds, flash lights, or trigger other actions based on customer interactions with Alexa".

Since the Amazon Echo Button launched in September 2017 as a fun game accessory for your Amazon Echo devices, Amazon has only released 22 Alexa skill games for the device, most of which don't have the greatest reviews. Google added a broadcast feature to its Google Home smart speaker back in November a year ago, in fact.

And now, Amazon is going to offer hands-free Alexa on the Amazon Fire 7 and Amazon Fire HD 8. Just as with Amazon's other multi-Echo features, like Drop In, multi-room music, and calling & messaging, the goal is to encourage greater adoption of the smart speakers in a broader number of rooms. So, as with the Echo Show and Echo Spot, you can have it pull up a feed from one of your smart home security cameras.


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