A recent firmware update for the Echo Show gives Alexa customers the ability to browse the web using voice commands. But the feature is not enabled by default. Amazon does this, seemingly, to allow for the Echo Show owner to choose which available browser they prefer. The available options are Firefox and Silk (Amazon’s own browser), just like on the company’s Fire tablet devices. This also brings back the ability for Echo Show owners to watch YouTube videos. The ability was taken away through a rift between Amazon and Google many months ago.
Here’s how to select a web browser for the Echo Show.
- On the Echo Show’s touch screen, swipe down from the top and access the Settings menu.
- In the Settings list, go into Device Options and then locate and access Web Options. (If you don’t see Web Options, your Echo Show doesn’t have the most current firmware. It must be running at least version 620525720)
- Once in Web Options, go into the Browser option and choose between Silk or Firefox.
After testing, there’s very little difference between Silk and Firefox. The only real differences are the settings options. Web sites seem to display just the same. If you use Firefox on other devices, like a PC, using Firefox will allow you access to your bookmarks. With Firefox on the Echo Show, you can also “pin” sites on the main browser screen.
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