Amazon will provide Alexa voice calls to all Echo speaker owners


The newly unveiled Amazon Echo Show smart speaker has another interesting feature beside the very obvious touch screen. Namely, the device is capable of making voice calls to other Show owners. Luckily, this option isn't exclusive to it. Amazon confirmed that calling and messaging will be added to the Echo and Echo Dot speakers, in addition to the Alexa apps for Android and iOS, with an upcoming update. However, only US users will get this opportunity.

After the update, you will be able to initiate voice calls with other Echo device owners or Alexa app users, provided they enabled the feature on their speakers. Voice messages are left by recording a clip and sending it to someone from your address book. The new Echo Show also gets the option for video calls, facilitated by its touchscreen.

Amazon basically made an instant voice messenger out of the Echo hardware and app ecosystem. It's one of the many possible uses for this technology that's sure to get users excited.

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5 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22084; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nice! Amazon is really killing it with their Alexa-enabled speakers! If you think about it, this could be the precursor to what form-factor will succeed the smartphone as a form of communication in years to come.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This standalone display with speaker will never replace the smartphone that sits in your pocket. Unless Amazon makes a pocket sized version. Amazon's echo dot is fairly inexpensive. But now there is a Raspberry PI project that has Google Assistant. As a matter of fact the magpi magazine #57 comes with a Raspberry PI project with a Google Assistant wrapped in Cardboard. It even includes the mic and speaker. Also you can buy a Raspberry PI zero with Bluetooth and WiFi for just $10. Just supply your own micro SD card with noobs and Google Assistant installed, find a cheap mic, speaker, and micro USB power supply. That's all she wrote! Away you go! You have a very inexpensive Google Assistant for less than $20. www.geeky-gadgets.com/raspberry-pi-aiy-projects-kit-08-05-2017

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22084; Member since: May 28, 2014

So what makes you think that Amazon won't provide a smaller version, like they've done with the original Echo? And who said it was designed to replace anything that sits in your pocket in the first place? Seriously, what regular joe is going to buy all of those things, no matter how inexpensive, when they can get something that does it all, and is one device? The majority of the buying public wants simplicity, not to buy several pieces to make something work for less.

2. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

The damn thing should be able to make phone calls. I have the Amazon echo and I feel like is very limited and what it can do.

4. AlikR

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

Already updated this morning. it will require you to re-login with new app and then your Echo or Dot is automatically updated to new functionality. the ring slowly flashes bright green when you have a message

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