An update being made available today for U.S. customers is turning iPads and Android and Amazon Fire tablets into full-fledged Alexa devices for using the Calling and Messaging feature.
The feature has been available on Echo devices and within the Alexa app on smartphones for some time. Amazon delivered Alexa capabilities on its Fire tablets starting last year and its latest 10-inch Fire tablet version was the first to offer Alexa hands-free capability. With this updated feature-set rolling out, the Fire HD 10 becomes a complete Alexa device. The Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 do not support hands-free Alexa, but you can still use the touchscreen to initiate Drop-ins and Calls.
The update is also rolling out for most Android tablets as well as iPad models, providing the same capability.
Here’s the updated, full list of devices that are compatible with Alexa Calling and Messaging…
4th Generation and later Fire tablets with the Alexa app
Android tablets with the Alexa app and software version 5.0 or higher
iOS tablets with the Alexa app and software version 9.0 or higher
Compatible Android and iOS smartphones with the Alexa app
The Alexa app update is required and is rolling out today to all supported devices.
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