Amazon wants more Alexa-powered lamps in the home

06 April, 2018, 03:20 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
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Once the latest software update rolls out to the devices, you'll be able to use Alexa's full array of voice commands whenever the tablet's display is turned on. Here's how it works. People nearby an Echo in your household will hear a short chime to indicate there is an incoming announcement, and then the announcement will play in the voice of whoever is making the announcement.

Amazon (amzn) has been steadily releasing new Alexa features meant to be used across multiple Echo devices. Customers can also say, "Alexa, tell everyone..." and "Alexa, broadcast..." to make an announcement.

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. Additionally, the selection of available smart locks compatible with Amazon Key has been expanded and now includes locks from major manufacturers Kwikset and Yale.




Can Google Home do announcements?

Amazon is bringing "hands-free" access to Alexa - a feature now found on its flagship Fire HD 10 tablet - to the rest of its Fire tablet line, the company announced this morning.

Yep. Google began offering this same functionality for its Google Home line of smart speakers this past November. It should come in handy the next time you need to wrangle your family into one room for dinner, or just want to startle your loved ones and confuse your pets. Amazon calls such products "an example of how Alexa can be integrated into products already found in the home" and has high hopes they will take off in the not too distant feature.

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