Monday, 10 December, 2018

New Alexa update for Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets

Amazon extends hands-free Alexa to Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets Froedtert reaches out to Amazon
Troy Mann | 05 April, 2018, 17:23

If you have a PIN or password set on the device, you must unlock it to enable all Alexa hands-free features. With ESP technology, an Echo speaker that is on your nightstand will respond to you before your tablet does if it's further away. Technically the feature was already there in the Fire HD 10 but now Amazon is rolling it out to its smaller brethren. Simply tap and hold the on-screen home button and then start talking to Alexa.

If you can get past the downsides, it's a worthwhile update if you're interested in trying out Alexa as a poor man's Echo. Alexa will not listen if it's not powered on or not plugged into a charger.

Now, this only works when Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets are connected to a power source and or while the screen is in use.

What's interesting is that the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 also show on-screen graphics depending on what task is asked of Alexa. For those who have a variety of Alexa-enabled devices in their space, the tablets have Echo Spatial Perception support - meaning the closest device will respond when activated.

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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.

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. Earlier versions may support Alexa, but you'll still need to trigger the assistant manually.

Even though Amazon slightly updated its Fire HD 8 over the summer, the same was not said about the Fire HD 10, which hasn't seen a true refresh in nearly two years.

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