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Amazon adds music, podcasts and radio to Alexa Routines

06 April, 2018, 03:17 | Author: Abraham Jackson
  • Amazon is bringing hands-free Alexa to Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets

Just say "Alexa, tell everyone to come upstairs", and "come upstairs", will play on every Echo in your house. "Millions of customers already have more than one Echo device in their home", Amazon says, and given that Echo devices have have been able to function as two-way intercoms and make phone calls since a year ago, this feature seems like a logical step. Think of it as a one-way intercom, with no set up is required.

To create an Alexa Announcement, simply say "Alexa, announce", and then say your announcement aloud. And in cases where there are multiple Alexa-enabled devices around, Alexa will respond from the closest one, thanks to its ESP (Echo Spatial Perception) capabilities.

Where are Alexa Announcements available?

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The feature essentially turns the tablet into a poor man's Echo Show, the $230 Echo device with a screen.

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.

Can Google Home do announcements?

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. 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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