Amazon has added a somewhat obvious but potentially handy feature to the Amazon Echo Show. You can now ask “Alexa, show me my dash buttons” to view a scrollable list of your virtual Dash buttons that give you a quick way to reorder specific products. Read more ›
After several leaks, Amazon has now added support for multi-room audio to the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show. The new feature allows you to group together multiple Echo devices and play music on all devices simultaneously. The feature is also being made available to 3rd-party speaker manufacturers so non-Echo devices can also sync music with Amazon’s own speakers. Read more ›
Ever since Amazon discontinued their Fire HDX line of premium tablets and began focusing on more affordable tablets, the Amazon Fire TV has been the most powerful device they produce. That’s not surprising since it’s the closest thing they have to a game console, so it needs the horsepower to run demanding games. What is surprising is that, according to an internal benchmark, the Fire TV has been dethroned as the most powerful Amazon device by the Echo Show. Read more ›
For feature rich products like the Amazon Echo Show, I typically don’t write a single review article. Instead, I like to go in-depth on individual aspects and features in dedicated posts, which I plan to do with several of the Echo Show features soon. For those of you who want a good overall review of the product, I highly recommend checking out Lon Seidman’s Video Review of the Echo Show. He has a great YouTube channel, that I suggest you all subscribe to, where he reviews electronics on a daily basis. Lon invited me to help demonstrate the Echo Show’s video calling capabilities, so look for my big cameo about 4 minutes into the review.
Since the Amazon Echo Show runs a modified version of Android, it comes with several things common to Android devices, like hidden developer options. Something else it has is Fastboot and Recovery mode, which are used to manipulate the operating system. It’s still unknown what use these modes have for modding purposes, or how locked down they are, but here’s how to boot into Fastboot and Recovery, as well as the available options. Read more ›
While experimenting with the Amazon Echo Show, I stumbled on the proper way to shut the device down. It doesn’t seem to be documented anywhere, so I figured I’d post it for those who need it. To shut down the Echo Show, simply hold down the mute button for about 3 seconds and then tap “OK” when the power off option appears. The mute button is the leftmost button on top of the Echo Show. To power the device back on, which essentially restarts it, just press and hold the mute button again while the device is off.
The Amazon Echo Show seems to be running a very customised version of Amazon’s Fire operating system, which is based on Android. On nearly all Android devices, if you go into the device settings screen and tap on the device’s serial number several times, you’ll enable developer options. The same is true for the Echo Show. Read more ›
The Amazon Echo Show has just been released and while playing around with it, I discovered that there is a hidden web browser. The device is clearly not meant to be used to browse the web, nor is it a good experience, but in a pinch, it’s absolutely possible. Here’s how to do it. Read more ›
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has announced that they’ve released a video flash briefing that will contain a daily monologue recap from the previous night’s show. The Tonight Show Monologue skill will let Amazon Echo Show owners watch the monologue on their device along with their usual flash briefings. Other flash briefing providers will also be adding video to their daily updates, including Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, People, and TechCrunch, but The Tonight Show will be the first to offer a recap-segment. Jimmy Fallon revealed the new flash briefing through a video on his twitter account where he demonstrated it on a pre-release Echo Show.
The Amazon Echo Show will officially be released in a couple of days on June 28. That’s when I’ll be getting mine, just like the rest of us mortals who pre-ordered Amazon’s new flagship Alexa device. Some publications that Amazon considers to be worthy, which, to no surprise, I am not among, have received early access to the new device. The publishing embargo has just been lifted and a bunch of Echo Show reviews have gone live. I’ll be focusing on the gritty details of what the device can and can’t do, once it arrives, but for those wanting an overview now, here’s a roundup of the reviews I’ve been able to find. Read more ›
Amazon has today announced developer details about their security camera integration with Alexa. The Amazon Echo Show will be released next week and we already know you’ll be able to call up a live feed of your security camera by simply asking Alexa. This announcement doesn’t reveal any new features, but it does show more camera manufacturers are on board. Support for Arlo and Ring cameras were already revealed with the announcement of the Echo Show, but now we know that cameras from Nest, August, EZViz, Vivint, Amcrest, and IC Realtime will also be support. With the new developer options, other security camera manufactures should be able to easily add Alexa support as well. Nothing official has been said about security camera access through Alexa on devices other than the Echo Show yet, but I fully expect you’ll be able to ask Alexa on the Fire TV to view a live feed of your security camera in the coming months.
A very little known fact about Amazon’s Echo and Echo Dot is that they actually run on Android. I wouldn’t necessarily call it Fire OS, which is Amazon’s variant of Android, but around when the second generation Echo Dot was released, Amazon switched from a generic Linux based operating system to one based on Android. Despite not having a visual interface, Echo devices run standard APK apps to achieve their functionality. The Echo Show will almost certainly be running Android, and will probably have more in common with Fire OS on the Fire TVs and Fire tablets than anything else. Read more ›
One of the more ambiguous features of the new Amazon Echo Show that was revealed this morning is a feature of the device’s video calling capabilities called “Drop In.” If not understood, it can easily be misinterpreted as an invasion of privacy, but if used correctly, it gives the Echo Show several additional use cases. Here’s exactly how the drop in feature works and how to use it without compromising your privacy. Read more ›
Amazon has officially announced the Echo Show, the newest member of their line of Alexa devices. While it has a lot of great new features not present on any previous Echo device, what might be bigger news is the suite of free communication services they announced with the new device that is coming to all existing Echos and Echo Dots. This new service allows you to place video/voice calls and send text messages seamlessly between Echo devices and the Alexa app. Here’s how it all works. Read more ›
Amazon has just officially revealed the new Echo Show with video calling capabilities, but that’s not the only device that will be getting calling and messaging capabilities. All Amazon Echos and Echo Dots will now have the ability to receive voice calls as well as voice messages, if you choose. Read more ›
After numerous leaks, the newest member of the Echo lineup has been officially announced by Amazon. The Echo Show is Amazon’s new flagship Alexa device with a built-in 7 inch touchscreen and camera for video calls. It’s available to pre-order now for $229.99 in the US. You can save $100 if you order two using promocode SHOW2PACK. Read more ›
Amazon’s new Echo with a built-in touchscreen, which I uncovered last week, will officially be called the Amazon Echo Show. A tipster just sent me the image shown above with new information about the product. Read more ›
The upcoming Amazon Echo with a touchscreen, which I leaked the first image of last week, might be announced as early as tomorrow, according to The Wall Street Journal. Sources tell the Journal that the built-in camera will, as I speculated, be used for a video calling feature similar to Skype. Read more ›