Almost five months after Google introduced a feature that lets its Home speaker be used as an intercom, Amazon is adding the same functionality to Alexa. Google Assistant also previously introduced a feature like this so it makes the multi-room speakers all the more useful especially if you're part of a big household.
Even better, once your announcement or broadcast is set, all other compatible Echo devices will make your announcement using your voice.
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If customers also have the Alexa app they can be sent a summary of the top fixed, variable and tracker mortgage results. If you're trying to concentrate and want everyone to shush, say "Everyone be quiet" and it will be accompanied by a ssshhhh sound.
It is a sweet feature for households that have not yet bought a second Echo speaker. It has chosen speakers from Junlam & Narui and one smart lamp from Adition in a bid to inspire others to use their designs to quickly produce their own take on Alexa-powered lighting devices.
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Users can just say "Alexa, broadcast" and then a message.
Amazon said the new hands-free model will be available to Fire HD 7 and 8 users when their device is either plugged into a power source or the screen is lit up and in use.
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Mark Lofthouse, CEO of Mortgage Brain, commented: "We're incredibly excited and very proud to announce the launch of the first ever UK Mortgage Skill on Amazon's Echo devices". However, the message will still only be transmitted to the smart speakers, not including the Alexa apps on mobile devices.