Amazon brings Alexa to its line of tablets, starting with the Fire HD 8

Amazon brings Alexa to its line of tablets, starting with the Fire HD 8

If you have an old Amazon  Fire tablet gathering dust in your upstairs attic , you might want to believe dusting it off – in the coming weeks , it is set to learn a few new tricks.on Wednesday , retail behemoth Amazon announced that Alexa , its intelligent voice assistance , will debut on the new Fire HD 8 and the rest of Amazon’s tablet group before the end of 2016.

Alexa on fire tablets works much like Apple ‘s siri assistant on ios devices. It is triggered by burning and holding on the home button and if you have used Alexa before , you will feel right at home.The iteration of Alexa on fire supports many of the third-party apps-“skills”.

It can handle simpler queries , too.Ask which actor starred in a particular TV show and it will provide the answer.Request showtimes for an upcoming movie and it will pull up a list of nearby theaters and schedules.

But Alexa on fire devices has a few tricks up its sleeve.it can open apps with a simpler voice command and it shows information releated to your requests in a card –like interface.A question about the weather pulls up rain graphs , for instance , while a request for a song or album will summon music controls.

Alexa plays nicely with fire TV devices , too.An investigational feature,”voice cast” shoots the aforementioned cards to your television .It is available on the Echo Dot owners in a limited preview and scheduled to roll out to new Echo Dot owners in the next few weeks.

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Amazon brings Alexa to its line of tablets, starting with the Fire HD 8

Fire tablets are far from the first hardware to again Alexa capabilities.Smartwatches like the CoWatch and upcoming pebble , speakers like the fabriq , and home intercom system like Nucleus tap Amazon’s cloud intelligence to handle voice queries , along with more than 10,000 third party software developers.And that support ‘s driven broad adoption .Alexa ‘s growth comes on the heels of encroachments by Google and Apple.Siri,Apple ‘s voice assistant on ios , launched on MacOS earlier this year with third-party integration , and rumors persist that the company ‘s working on a new Apple TV with built in microphones .

But Amazon is not taking the competition lying down.The company is reportedly engineering  a follow up device to its current Echo lineup,code named knight , that sports a tablet like display capable of serving  web pages , videos , and more.      

 

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