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Automating Alexa Display Cards on Amazon Fire Tablets

Display Cards are the next big thing for Alexa devices – at least those that have screen capability. The feature has been available for Fire TV for a few months where you use the supplied remote control to ask Alexa (using voice commands) for information. For example, if you ask for a weather forecast, Alexa will give it to you over your TV speaker system and also show a display card for visual confirmation and more information.

This capability is also showcased in Amazon’s latest device, the Amazon Show. The Amazon Show is an Alexa device with a built-in screen and where the Display Card technology is headed.

With a recent update, Amazon’s Fire tablets have this capability, too. Of course, Fire tablets have Alexa built-in where you tap and hold the Home button to initiate an Alexa listening session. But, it gets even cooler than that. If you own any Alexa device (Echo, Tap, or Dot) and enable Voicecast on the tablet, whenever you ask your Alexa device a question, a Display Card will automatically pop-up on the tablet’s lock screen.

Here’s how this works. For the following video example, I asked my Tap for the weather and the Display Card popped-up on my Fire tablet 8 (Review: All-New Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa).

To configure this, go into the Settings menu in the Alexa app on the Amazon Fire tablet and locate the Voicecast setting option.

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Open the Voicecast settings and configure the option how you want it to work. You can choose to make the Display Card manual (enable only the first option) or make it automatic (enable both options).

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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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