Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Amazon Echo Devices Can Now be Used as an Intercom System

Amazon Echo Devices Can Now be Used as an Intercom System

A new feature called Alexa Announcements enables you to make an Echo intercom system throughout your home.

Amazon has added the ability to play music and podcasts as part of Alexa Routines, as it looks to make its smart home schedules even smarter.

So, for example, if you're preparing dinner for the whole family, an announcement could summon everyone to the dining room.

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According to Amazon, "millions of customers" have multiple Echo speakers in their homes.

Now, independent developers can use the Alexa Skills Kit to integrate the Echo Button's "inputs and actions" into their Alexa apps. If you're one of the 84 percent without one, you're probably wondering if it's ...

You can also say "Alexa, tell everyone..." or "Alexa, broadcast..." to access the new feature.

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Those with more than one Echo can say "Alexa, announce..." in order to send an audio message transmitted to every Echo device on the same network.

Amazon said the new hands-free model will be available to Fire HD 7 and 8 users when their device is either plugged into a power source or the screen is lit up and in use. Amazon is rolling out the feature in a software update this week.

Alexa announcements are rolling out to U.S. and Canada starting today and will support all the Echo devices Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, and Echo Look.

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Interacting with a compatible Fire tablet works in pretty much the same way as you would expect with a dedicated device like an Echo or Echo Dot.

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