Amazon’s Fire 7 and HD 8 tablets can now serve as hands-free Alexa speakers

According to the reports reaching us from our sources, the Amazon Fire 7 and the Amazon Fire HD 8 is now able to pull double duty as hands-free Alexa speakers. This feature has prior to this time been available in the Amazon Fire HD 10, so what the company is aiming at achieving is to spread the feature amongst other recent tablets. Both the Fire 7 and the Fire HD 8 were released last year. As soon as the latest software update is being made available in other devices, users will have the ability to use Alexa’s full array of voice commands each and every time the display of the tablet is on.

However, in actual sense, it can also be used when the device is asleep, only that in order to be able to make use of the feature from any part of your room when the tablet is asleep, the Fire tablet must be plugged into a power source. Amazon has also warned that even some low-power USB ports won’t be sufficient. This really is a peculiar restriction in view of the lasting battery life that is offered by these devices. It would be absurd to expect a tablet’s speakers to outperform the regular Echo, although, a hands-free Alexa is pretty convenient when you’re on a journey.

Apart from the usual audio capabilities, which include answering phones, playing music, and so on, Alexa on Fire tablets also display visual content with some of tits responses. This means that just like the Echo Show and Echo Spot, you can make it pull up a feed from one of your smart home security cameras. In cases where there are multiple Alexa-enabled devices around, Alexa will respond from the closest one, with the aid of its Echo Spatial Perception (ESP) capabilities.

The minute you’ve received and installed the latest Kindle Fire software update for the 7 or HD 8, enabling the feature is quite simple. To do so, swipe down from the top of the display to get to quick settings and toggle it on.

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