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Amazon Updates iOS and Android Alexa Apps with Drop In Capabilities

Amazon has been rolling out new features and capabilities over the past couple days. A device update delivered new device-to-device communications and prepped the Alexa devices (Echo and Dot) for new Drop In capabilities.

Drop In allows an Alexa owner to simply open up an audio and video (video for the Amazon Show) connection between devices. The person on the other end isn’t required to “answer” a Drop In call like is required for the device-to-device calling.

Today, Amazon is delivering updates to the Alexa app for both iOS and Android that have new options for the Drop In feature.

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With the Alexa app update, you can use the app to perform Drop Ins. Just tap the Drop In link and then select the device with which you want to open up a video/audio stream.

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And, if you go to your own contact card in the Alexa app, you can enable the option to expose yourself to Drop Ins by others.

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For those who would like to limit the boundary for the Drop In feature to just those devices linked to your Amazon account, see: Alexa Tip: Limiting the Privacy Boundary for the Drop-in Feature

Supplied through the recent device update, the Drop In feature already works between Alexa devices. This new app functionality only adds the capability to the Alexa app.

Alexa app for iOS

Alexa app for Android

Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Dot, Tap, Echo Show, Echo Look, Dash Wand, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.


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