Amazon Brings Calling and Messaging to Alexa on Tablets

A small cylindrical black speak-like object sits on a kitchen counter top

Apart from Apple's iPads and Android Tablets, the same voice and video calling functionality will be available for Amazon Fire Tablets.

If you're running an Alexa compatible Fire device all you have to do is tap the home button and ask Alexa to make a call for you. Still, it's worth it in the end since you no longer need an Echo speaker. Once installed, a customer will need to sign in to their Amazon account on the app, and then make sure they've enabled the calling feature.

Amazon is expanding Alexa's abilities on your tablets by bringing new communication features. They can simply download the Alexa app on their tablet and get in touch with fellow Alexa users regardless of the device they own. The feat is limited to the US, Mexico or Canada for now. For some people, this might be more of a hassle than it is worth, but other people will love taking advantage of the new feature.

"Drop In is for the special cases when you want to connect instantly with your closest family and friends or other Echo devices in your home", Amazon explains. Starting today, you can ask Alexa to turn on your Cloud Cam, and Alexa-enabled devices with screens like the Echo Show and Echo Spot can be used for two-way audio communication with a Cloud Cam.

You will be able to do this right from your tablet with this new Drop-In feature.

Amazon confirmed the update would be live and available to users from Monday. Which is pretty neat, and something we didn't think we'd see in 2018.

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