Amazon introduces 'Alexa Announcements' feature for Echo speakers
00:34, Apr 7, 2018
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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.
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