Amazon wants to make your life easy if you have Alexa-powered speakers and hate walking up to every room to call everyone for dinner.
Almost five months after Google introduced a feature that lets its Home speaker be used as an intercom, Amazon is adding the same functionality to Alexa. You can also say "Alexa, broadcast", and again, tack on your voice message at the end.
Once you've received and installed the latest Kindle Fire software update for the 7 or HD 8, enabling the new feature is rather simple. There are times when you don't need a verbal confirmation that Alexa has accomplished something.
Amazon is bringing one of Google Home's popular features to its Echo speakers.
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If customers also have the Alexa app they can be sent a summary of the top fixed, variable and tracker mortgage results. For instance, if you say "Alexa, announce that dinner is ready", the voice assistant will repeat that through all connected Echo speakers.
Users can order Alexa to "announce" something in one Echo device, and then it will transmit the announcement throughout all the devices in the house. Amazon Key lets you lock and unlock your door from anywhere using the Amazon Key app. The latter could be accomplished using Alexa on your smartphone or directly from your auto if it has full Alexa integration (which is found in some newer vehicles like the recently announced 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback).
Unfortunately, Brits won't be able to bark out those commands just yet.
Amazon says the new feature is available starting today in the U.S. and Canada.