Amazon Launches Alexa Intercom Feature for Echo Devices in Canada, USA

07 April, 2018, 00:42 | Author: Juana Mckenzie
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Users simply say the trigger words "Alexa, Open UKMortgages" and Alexa takes it from there. A popular example of this feature would be letting the family know it's time for dinner.

Debuting in the USA and Canada only, the new feature is dubbed Alexa Announcements and allows users to broadcast messages to all the Amazon Echo devices located around their home.

If you've never set up a Routine for your Echo speaker, it's easy. People nearby an Echo in your household will hear a short chime to indicate there is an incoming announcement, and then the announcement will play in the voice of whoever is making the announcement.

The command is also useful for announcing when you're leaving the house, or to announce when you're on the way home. That is, you can speak into one Echo device and have the message broadcast to all the other ones on the same network.

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Sooner or later, every Echo owner will want to pair their Alexa device with another smart home gadget, and this combo is the ideal start.

The Amazon Key app will let you remotely lock and unlock your door, and you can also use it to view your door by watching your Cloud Cam's security feed.

Does Alexa Announcements work everywhere?

The Alexa Announcements feature is rolling out to Alexa users in the United States and Canada starting 5 April. However, any Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, or Echo Spot should be ready to deliver your messages in the very near future.

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Alexa Announcements are available across Amazon's entire lineup of Echo smart speakers.

By giving Alexa a postcode - or using the one registered for the device - Alexa will search through thousands of mortgage advisers and provide the name and phone number of the nearest one, and send a list of up to 10 local advisers to the Alexa app.

Can Google Home do announcements?

The hands-free update is being rolled out to 2017 versions of the tablets via a software update, and will bring the company's tablet range closer in line with its Echo smart speakers, the flagship Alexa products.

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