Amazon has added a new Smart Home Dashboard to a few of their newer Fire 7, Fire HD 8, and Fire HD 10 tablets. Similar to the smart home dashboard available on Echo Show devices and the dashboard available on Fire TVs, this tablet dashboard gives you quick access to control smart lights, plugs, thermostats, cameras, and more.
The new Smart Home Dashboard for Fire tablets can be accessed by selecting the new house-shaped icon added to the bottom left of the navigation bar. Placement here makes it available from anywhere, including the tablets lock screen, so the dashbaord is always just one tap away. The dashboard is currently only available on the latest Fire 7 (2019) tablet, latest Fire HD 8 (2020) and Fire HD 8 Plus (2020) tablet, latest Fire HD 10 (2019) tablet, as well as the previouse generation 2018 Fire HD 8 tablet. It’s unknown if Amazon will be adding the dashboard to older tablet models in the future. The dashboard is currently rolling out, so it may not yet be available on your comaptible tablet.
The Smart Dashboard features quick toggles at the top to turn on or off all lights, switches, or plugs at once. Lower down is a grid of individual smart home devices that can be customized. You can pin certain devices to keep them at the front of the list and recently used smart devices will be closer to the front as well. The dashboard shows the state of each device and allows you to change its state, but if you want to add or manage a device, you’ll still need to do that through the Alexa app.