Current Amazon Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets gain hands-free Alexa with latest software update

A new software update is rolling out to Amazon Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets that adds hands-free Alexa capabilities. These tablets launched with Alexa onboard, but you had to press and hold the tablet’s home button before speaking to Alexa. Now, if the tablet is plugged into power or if the screen is on, you can simply speak to Alexa without needing to touch anything. Hands-free Alexa was previously only available on the Fire HD 10, but with this latest update, it’s now available on Amazon’s entire current tablet lineup. Only the latest 7th generation Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets, that were released in 2017, are receving hands-free Alexa capabilities.

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Amazon Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets are now available in Canada

Amazon has announced that they are now selling two of their tablet models in Canada. The Fire 7 is available for CDN$59.99 (~$47 USD) with 8 GB of internal storage and CDN$79.99 (~$62 USD) with 16 GB of storage. The Fire HD 8 is listed for CDN$99.99 (~$78 USD) for the 16 GB model and CDN$129.99 (~$101 USD) for the one with 32 GB of storage. Both tablets appear to not include lock screen ads, like their US equivalents do unless you pay $15 extra. The Fire HD 10 and the Fire Kids Edition tablets are not yet available in Canada.

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Amazon announces refreshed Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets — Plus Kids Edition of each

As expected, Amazon has announced refreshed versions of their Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets, as well as an updated Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet and an all-new Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet. The new tablets are good, but not dramatic, updates to the tablets they’re replacing. If you purchase any combination of 3 tablets, regardless of which you select, you can receive 20% off if you use promo code FIRE3PACK at checkout. Read more ›

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Exclusive: New Amazon Fire and Fire HD 8 tablets expected to be announced this week

They aren’t really much to look at, since once you’ve seen one black rectangle with a screen in the middle, you’ve seen them all, but above are thumbnail images of the new Amazon Fire and Fire HD 8 tablets that are very likely going to be announced as early as tomorrow. These are the new Amazon tablets that passed through FCC approval a couple of weeks ago. Read more ›

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