Amazon introduces 'Alexa Announcements' feature for Echo speakers

The feature acts like a one-way intercom that can be used with all Echo devices in a household. If you only have one Echo speaker, you can also use the Alexa app on an Android smartphone to make announcements, provided it's tied to the same account as your speaker.

Customers can simply say to their Echo device, "Alexa, announce that dinner is ready", and "Dinner is ready" will then be announced in your voice to all other compatible Echo devices in your household.

As well as providing the headline product details verbally, Alexa will also send a summary of the top fixed, variable and tracker mortgage results to the consumers' Alexa app. This week, Amazon rolled out a feature that it's calling Alexa Announcements, which allows users to broadcast voice messages throughout their home using every Echo device connected to the network. Amazon says the hands-free feature will rollout to the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 for free, later this week. Once installed, you will have access to the vast array of Alexa skills whenever your tablet's display is on. There are times when you don't need a verbal confirmation that Alexa has accomplished something. Unfortunately that is also the case with Announcements, so you can't broadcast an announcement through your Sonos One or any other Alexa device not made by Amazon.

It is a bit similar to the Drop In feature that lets a user connect instantly to another Echo device and communicate with whomever is within earshot of that particular Amazon Echo device.


Popular
  • SoftBank, Golden Concord plan 4-GW PV manufacturing JV in India

    SoftBank, Golden Concord plan 4-GW PV manufacturing JV in India

    SoftBank has planned to invest as much as $25 billion in Saudi Arabia over the next three to four years, according to Bloomberg . Of the total funds invested, Rs 2,600 crore will come from SoftBank, while Alibaba will put in the rest.
    Google's URL Shortener Service goo.gl Is Being Shutdown

    Google's URL Shortener Service goo.gl Is Being Shutdown

    For example, deep links offer the benefit of being able to redirect someone to not only a website, but a point within a website. Users who have been using Google URL shorter for many months as anonymous, won't be able to access anything.
    Stocks cap dismal month, quarter with rally

    Stocks cap dismal month, quarter with rally

    The S&P 500 index slipped 7.62 points, or 0.3% to 2,605, with six of its 11 main sectors ending in negative territory. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in commodities, securities or other financial instruments.
  • Quake  strikes near Channel Islands, felt in Los Angeles

    Quake strikes near Channel Islands, felt in Los Angeles

    Isla Vista experienced a 5.3 magnitude quake on Thursday afternoon, according to United States Geological Services (USGS). Geological Survey indicated the shaker was a magnitude-5.3, centered about 48 miles southwest of the Channel Islands.
    Sensex rises almost  100 points ahead of RBI monetary policy meet today

    Sensex rises almost 100 points ahead of RBI monetary policy meet today

    MSCI's all-country world index of stock performance in 47 countries shed 0.45 per cent, cutting about half earlier losses. Indian stocks tumbled this afternoon, after having managed to stay above the unchanged line till a few minutes past noon.
    At least 14 killed in blast outside Somali hotel

    At least 14 killed in blast outside Somali hotel

    Two auto bombs in the Somali capital killed six people and injured at least five others on Sunday, witnesses said. Abdikadir Abdirahman, director of Amin ambulances, had earlier said 22 people were injured in the blast.
  • Avengers: Infinity War directors ask fans to fight spoilers

    Avengers: Infinity War directors ask fans to fight spoilers

    The brothers closed off their letter with " Good luck and happy viewing " and affixed their respective signatures at the end. The directors, Russo Brothers, and the cast of the film have a special request for the Marvel Cinematic Universe fans.
    Cong hits out at EC over date leak

    Cong hits out at EC over date leak

    While BJP is claiming to reclaim the power again this time, the Siddramiah government is also pretty confident about their win. However, as he announced the dates, it turned out that the date of polling - May 12 - was the same as tweeted by Malviya.
    Australia call Matt Renshaw for fourth and final Test against South Africa

    Australia call Matt Renshaw for fourth and final Test against South Africa

    Cricket Australia is not expected to be so lenient amid calls for serious bans for all players found to be involved. A choice on Darren Lehmann's future as Australia mentor may likewise be declared by CA.
  • WWE Announces WrestleMania Week Programming on USA Network

    WWE Announces WrestleMania Week Programming on USA Network

    Rumours have been suggesting for months that The Master of the 619 will return to Mania and ultimately rejoin the WWE roster. Hogan was released from his ambassador role with WWE in 2015 after audio surfaced of him making racist remarks.
    Six Turkish troops killed in PKK attack

    Six Turkish troops killed in PKK attack

    Earlier this month Turkey ousted Kurdish fighters from the Syrian-Kurdish city of Afrin located in Syria. But Erdogan at the time sought to reassure him, saying Turkey had no eye on Syrian territory.
    Governor Fallin Says She Will Sign Tax Hike Bill

    Governor Fallin Says She Will Sign Tax Hike Bill

    Teachers have not had a raise in a decade even as they have borne higher out-of-pocket costs for health care and pensions. Approving tax hikes in Oklahoma is extraordinarily hard , requiring a three-fourths supermajority in both chambers.

CONNECT