Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Amazon Giving Out Echo Devices, Credit To Android Gamers

Amazon Giving Out Echo Devices, Credit To Android Gamers

Sooner or later, every Echo owner will want to pair their Alexa device with another smart home gadget, and this combo is the ideal start. The feature makes it easy to communicate to everyone in your home where an Echo speaker is present.

Aside from the usual audio tricks - answering questions, playing music requests, and so on - Alexa on Fire tablets will also visual content with some of its responses. Amazon Key lets you lock and unlock your door from anywhere using the Amazon Key app. This week, Amazon rolled out a feature that it's calling Alexa Announcements, which allows users to broadcast voice messages throughout their home using every Echo device connected to the network. Unlike Groups, which just controls multiple bulbs, plugs and other devices in one go, Routines offers much finer control. Alternatively, you can say "Alexa, tell everyone". Compatible Echo devices include just about everything, though the Echo Tap is now not supported. The feature will work with any compatible Echo device, including the Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot, and Echo Look. With the new feature, users will be able to use all those speakers together using only one voice command without having to set up an extra accessory.

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Yep. Google began offering this same functionality for its Google Home line of smart speakers this past November. As the Alexa Announcements joins the ranks of other Alexa communication features, Amazon is ensuring that a family would need an Echo in every room in the house.

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