Amazon Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets are getting hands-free Alexa feature

If you own the Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet, you know how much easier accessing your virtual assistant is with hands-free Alexa. Without touching the slate, you can ask Alexa to give you the weather forecast, find out how many points Amazon's shares dropped yesterday (it actually was up $18.52 on Wednesday), turn on or off your smart appliances, order a ride from Lyft or a pizza from Domino's, play some Badfinger, make a phone call and more. And now, Amazon is going to offer hands-free Alexa on the Amazon Fire 7 and Amazon Fire HD 8.

Currently, to activate Alexa on the Amazon Fire 7 or Fire HD 8, you pick up either tablet and tap the Home button until a blue line appears. At that point, you can ask Alexa to handle your request. But once those two slates receive the new feature, you just say "Alexa..." and continue by telling the virtual assistant what you want it to do.

The Fire HD 10 can summon help from Alexa hands-free, with the screen on or off, and the tablet on battery.  However, if you are using the Fire 7 or Fire HD 8 on battery power, the screen must be on to use Alexa hands-free. If either one of these two tablets is plugged in, the screen doesn't have to be on for you to ask Alexa to do something for you.

The new feature is being rolled out to the Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 starting this week. If you own either tablet, keep an eye peeled for it.

source: AndroidAuthority

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1 Comment

1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Does the new Fire tablets have the Play Store or Google Apps yet? I thought I heard they were getting them.

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