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.
Amazon first introduced hands-free Alexa capabilities for tablets when they launched the current generation Fire HD 10 tablet late last year. Earlier this year, they brought hands-free Alexa to their other tablets through a software update that permitted the option while the screen is on and the tablet is charging. Through these features, most of the same audible Alexa capabilities available through the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot were made available through Amazon’s tablets. The new Show Mode being announced today takes it a step further and brings most of the visual Alexa capabilities available through the Amazon Echo Show and Echo Spot to the same tablets.
Amazon says Show Mode will display “trending news, weather, camera feeds, and more” on the Fire HD 8 and HD 10 tablets. When making Alexa requests while in Show Mode, the same types of interactive full-screen displays found on the Echo Show will be presented on the tablets, including weather, news, TV shows, video calls, recipes, and more.
The newly announced Show Mode Charging Docks will be the best way to take full advantage of Show Mode, but they’re not required for the new feature. Each dock comes with a thin back case that plugs into the micro USB port of the tablet and remains attached to the tablet at all times. The case magnetically guides the tablet into position and charges the tablet wirelessly when docked. The dock has an adjustable stand that can adjust the angle of the tablet from nearly vertical to nearly flat for easy viewing.
The Show Mode Charging Dock for Fire HD 8 will regularly be $39.99 but is available to pre-order now at a discounted price of $34.99. The Show Mode Charging Dock for Fire HD 10 will be $54.99 and is likewise available now at a discounted price of $49.99. Amazon is also selling the docks and tablets bundled together for $109.98 for the Fire HD 8 bundle and $189.98 for the Fire HD 10 bundle. Those prices save you $10 and $15, respectively, compared to buying the dock and tablet individually. The docks will begin shipping on July 12th.