Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Amazon Echo speakers finally get an intercom feature

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Pete Mitchell | 07 April, 2018, 00:43

Amazon's new feature complements the capability for Echo users to call landlines and mobile phones anywhere in the US from the device, and the "groups" feature which allows users to play music through two or more Echo devices in their homes at the same time.

Amazon Key also integrates with Alexa, meaning you can use your voice to lock and unlock your door using your Echo or other Alexa-enabled device. Do you think you'll use Alexa Announcements with your compatible Echo devices?

Mark Lofthouse, CEO of Mortgage Brain, commented: "We're incredibly excited and very proud to announce the launch of the first ever UK Mortgage Skill on Amazon's Echo devices".

The Alexa-enabled Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are two of the hottest consumer products in the U.S., but they have been having troubles getting new applications, known as "skills".

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The command also works with "Alexa, announce." and "Alexa, broadcast.". After a minute or two, it should be ready to go, and you'll just have to remind yourself to have a friendly chat with Alexa as you're enjoying your morning coffee.

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.

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. Well, Alexa Routines offer one-word control over devices in your smart home.

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