Amazon Alexa Calling and Messaging Expands to iPads, Android Tablets

14 March, 2018, 06:24 | Author: Darren Santiago
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Everyone's invited. Now, as long as you have an Android tablet, iPad, or one of Amazon's Fire tablets, you can use the Alexa app to contact other users.

Amazon has announced that its voice and video calling service from Echo devices is coming to tablets.

For those who aren't aware, the "Drop In" feature makes the Echo devices work as an intercom that you can activate at any time, whether the devices are in different places in your house or totally different locations entirely. However, that has now been updated to include even more devices that can make calls to Echo speakers.

Alexa is Amazon's artificially-intelligent smart assistant platform used in its Echo products and other compatible hardware. This could be either a smartphone with the Alexa app already installed or having a device such as the Echo Dot.

To enable this new set of features, users will need the newest version of the Alexa app. The icing on the cake is the fact that it costs just $30, which is the same price you'll pay for a single Alexa smart plug from a top brand. You then have to verify your phone number and import your contacts. The feat is limited to the US, Mexico or Canada for now. This new feature will be available on all tablets, including iOS and Android.

This new feature is toggled off by default, so you'll need to enable it manually.

They added: "In rare circumstances, Alexa can mistakenly hear the phrase 'Alexa, laugh.' We are changing that phrase to be 'Alexa, can you laugh?' which is less likely to have false positives, and we are disabling the short utterance 'Alexa, laugh'". Prime members do get a whole lot more than just free shipping though, so be sure to check out the full benefits.

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