Amazon Fire HD tablets can now give Alexa Announcements and receive Drop-In calls

The Amazon Fire TV Cube just received an update that adds Alexa Announcement capabilities, but it’s not the only Amazon device receiving that feature. Amazon’s Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets can now also broadcast Alexa Announcements if they are in Show Mode, which replicates most of the capabilities of an Echo Show. This is according to Engadget, which also says that Fire HD tablets in Show Mode can also now receive Alexa Drop-In calls. An update with these capabilities should be rolling out now. This brings the feature set of a Fire Tablet and Show Mode Dock even closer to that of the Echo Show.

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Review of the Show Mode Dock for Amazon Fire HD 8 & HD 10 Tablets

Amazon’s new Show Mode feature for their Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets does a great job of replicating most of the Echo Show’s capabilities, as I discussed in my earlier article about the feature. The Show Mode Dock for those tablets is an optional accessory that adds a level of convenience to the Show Mode feature by holding the tablet at a viewable angle and seamlessly automating the transition between Show Mode and regular tablet mode. Read more ›

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Show Mode on an Amazon Fire HD 8/10 Tablet compared to the Echo Show

Amazon has launched a new software feature for their Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets called Show Mode that essentially turns the tablets into an Amazon Echo Show. This new mode works best in conjunction with the new Show Mode Dock that Amazon simultaneously announced, but the dock is not required. All the same hands-free Alexa features are available whether you have the dock or not. Here’s an overview of everything Show Mode on a Fire tablet has to offer and how it compares to the capabilities of the Echo Show. Read more ›

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Turn a Fire HD 8 or HD 10 tablet into an Echo Show with Amazon’s new ‘Show Mode’ feature and optional Dock

Amazon’s newly announced ‘Show Mode’ essentially turns any Fire HD 8 or Fire HD 10 tablet into an Echo Show. The new mode, which will arrive via a software update on July 2nd to all existing current generation Fire HD 8 and HD 10 tablets, provides a full-screen interface for hands-free Alexa interactions. To compliment Show Mode, Amazon has announced a new Show Mode Dock for the Fire HD 8 and a new Show Mode Dock for the Fire HD 10 that automatically put the tablets into Show Mode while charging. Read more ›

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Amazon’s new Fire HD 10 is essentially a Fire TV 2 in tablet form

Amazon’s new flagship tablet for 2017, the Fire HD 10, was released a few days ago. Like many, I had been patiently waiting for Amazon to finally release a tablet with a 1080p screen again, so when they announced that the all-new Fire HD 10 had a 1920×1200 IPS screen I put in my order and picked one up. While putting it through its paces this week, it dawned on me that, up until now, I overlooked something obvious about this tablet. The new Fire HD 10 shares the exact same internals as the 2nd generation Fire TV. Here’s a comparison of the two device’s specs and benchmark scores. Read more ›

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Alexa on the new Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet will support Echo Spacial Perception (ESP)

The all-new Fire HD 10 tablet that was announced this morning is Amazon’s first tablet to feature hands-free Alexa capabilities. That means you’ll be able to belt out your Alexa commands without needing to first press and hold the home button, like you have to do with Amazon’s other tablets. For those of you with Amazon Echos and other Alexa devices in your home, you’ll be relieved to hear that the Fire HD 10 does come with Amazon’s Echo Spacial Perception (ESP). Read more ›

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