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

07 April, 2018, 00:43 | Author: Elena Summers
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Amazon has announced it's adding a new feature that lets users broadcast voice messages across all Echos in a household using Alexa. You should see a list of icons, including News, Smart Home, Weather and the new Music option.

If you hate going around every room of the house to alert the family that dinner is ready, Amazon is about to make your life a whole lot easier. Just speak to any one of your Echo devices and say: "Alexa, announce that..." and read out your message.

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Alexa works alongside traditional policing methods to inform the public about the important issues in their neighbourhoods. So, for instance, you can say, "Alexa, broadcast 'the movie is starting.'" Everyone in your home within earshot of an Echo device will hear a chime followed by you saying, "the movie movie is starting". To learn more about Do Not Disturb, go here.

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The catch is that new feature now only works for "one-way announcements", meaning someone can use an Echo speaker to relay a message like "Dinner is ready" to other speakers, but no one else will be able to respond from the other Echo devices.

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

Users can have Alexa broadcast something by ordering it to "announce that...", "tell everyone that...", or "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.

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