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Amazon Echo Devices Can Now be Used as an Intercom System

Amazon Echo Devices Can Now be Used as an Intercom System

When MobileSyrup's Sameer Chhabra reviewed Amazon's Fire HD 8 (2017), he described the relatively affordable tablet as "media-oriented", but felt its lack of support for the entire Play Store, could be a significant issue for some users.

The company introduced Alexa Announcements, a feature that effectively turns your Echo into an in-home intercom system if you have multiple speakers in your house.

Amazon Key debuted late past year in select markets as a suite of features centered around in-home delivery for Prime members, and now all of its functionalities except for in-home delivery itself are available nationwide, the company said Thursday. Now that same functionality will roll out to Amazon's other tablets through a free, over-the-air software update.

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According to the Houston authorities, the incident occurred on Sunday, at around 2:30 a.m.in the parking lot of a gas station. The victim, 26-year-old Devyn Holmes was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and remains on life support.

The usual Alexa skills like playing music, answering queries, controlling smart home devices, and ordering an Uber all apply. Simply tap and hold the on-screen home button and then start talking to Alexa. However, like the Echo Show and Echo Spot, you'll also be able to view visual content with Alexa's responses.

Amazon's Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets can now pull double duty as hands-free Alexa speakers.

Alexa on the Fire HD 10 is a better experience than on the 7 or HD 8 because customers can access Alexa hands-free even when the screen is on standby. This feature was reportedly already available on Amazon's Fire HD tablet.


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