Alexa Announcements: How to broadcast your voice to all your Echos

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Like Alexa Announcements, it allows owners of multiple Google Assistant powered speakers to give a the command "Ok Google, broadcast it's dinner time", and have that repeated across every unit.

Recently we reported that Alexa can record your favorite shows for you and now it looks like Amazon can help you with your family announcements. You're in luck because now Amazon's Fire 7 and HD 8 tablets can now double as Alexa speakers. It's true Alexa doesn't work the same way it does on the Echo series but the company is making big changes. To use this feature, users need to say "Alexa, announce that..."

Where are Alexa Announcements available?

Rolling out to users in the United States and Canada, Amazon devices can now act as a one-way intercom system in a home.

The downsides (outside of the power constraint) are that since the tablets do not have the far field microphone arrays that proper Echo devices have.

It's not just upgrades to its smart speaker line up being worked on at Amazon HQ - the retail powerhouse just released a reference guide that includes "smart" lamps. It also matches Google Home, which has had music as part of its own Routines feature since it went live in March. Amazon calls such products "an example of how Alexa can be integrated into products already found in the home" and has high hopes they will take off in the not too distant feature.

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