Amazon Alexa's new feature turns Echo speakers into an intercom connection
- Author: Gina Adkins Apr 07, 2018,
Apr 07, 2018, 0:40
According to the company, the feature "enables users to make one-way announcements to all of the Echo devices in their house", acting as a one-way intercom.
While this feature alone may not be enough to convince someone to buy a few extra Echo devices, it's certainly a clever use of the hardware and gives families one more reason to fill their home with smart speakers.
How do Alexa Announcements work?
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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.
The "Announcements" feature can also be activated by saying things like "Alexa, tell everyone..." or "Alexa, broadcast..."
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Alexa Announcements rolls out in the U.S. and Canada today and although there's no word on when it will be introduced to other territories, it would be surprising if it didn't eventually.
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You can also say "Alexa announce" or "Alexa broadcast" followed by what you want to say for a bit of command variety.