Amazon Debuts Alexa Intercom Function, But Only In North America


And in cases where there are multiple Alexa-enabled devices around, Alexa will respond from the closest one, thanks to its ESP (Echo Spatial Perception) capabilities. This means that if you're just looking for a way to make your home smarter, these bundles could be worth taking a look at which you can find on Amazon's website.

Just in case Amazon didn't dominate the entry-level smart home enough, it seems it also has its eyes set on making Alexa-controlled lamps your lighting of choice in the home.

"With this new Amazon Echo Mortgage Skill, consumers, for the first time, can carry out an initial mortgage search and enquiry process by asking Alexa".

Does Alexa Announcements work everywhere? However, any Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, or Echo Spot should be ready to deliver your messages in the very near future. Technically the feature was already there in the Fire HD 10 but now Amazon is rolling it out to its smaller brethren. The retailer's latest announcement may help drive home that fact.

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If you only have one Echo, you can take advantage of the feature by using the Alexa app, provided you have an Android phone or Fire tablet.

Yep. Google began offering this same functionality for its Google Home line of smart speakers this past November.

To get started with Alexa Announcements users simply need to trigger the function, which can be done using various commands, including 'Alexa, tell everyone...', 'Alexa, announce that...', or 'Alexa, broadcast...'. In addition to the coverage expansion, Amazon Key is also expanding its roster of supported smart locks, adding five new ones from Kwikset and Yale for a total of eight.