One of the bigger asks from Alexa customers after Amazon delivered the Calling and Messaging feature was that they could use the Alexa devices as a whole house intercom system. The progression seemed pretty logical.
An update overnight that we spotted delivered a new Yellow light notification for the Calling and Messaging feature has also added this new device-to-device calling. Some have reported that this is part of the new “Drop In” feature that will be introduced with the Echo Show that start shipping in a couple days. But, that’s not the case. All you need to do is say…
“Alexa, call <device name>”
…and, it works.
Realistically, you’ll want to go into the settings (in the app) of each Alexa device you own and name them appropriately. For example, naming them by room will make it easier to remember which device to connect to. For my testing I called between my bedroom and the kitchen devices – aptly named: “Bedroom” and “Kitchen”
We noticed that the Amazon Echo (the flagship speaker device) provides better voice clarity. Communicating from a Dot (speakers aren’t that great) makes the voice cut out sometimes.
Incidentally, the Amazon Tap still does not support Alexa calling, but should support it soon. The app doesn’t yet support the device-to-device feature, either.
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