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Apr 07, 2018, 00:39
Amazon Key now available across the US

You can already call another Echo device using a feature called Drop In; the Announcements capability announced today is just for one-way blasts. The feature makes it easy to communicate to everyone in your home where an Echo speaker is present.

Those with more than one Echo can say "Alexa, announce..." in order to send an audio message transmitted to every Echo device on the same network.

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Amazon's Alexa intelligent assistant can now summon a household for dinner thanks to a new feature called "Announcements", Fortune is reporting. This allows a user to communicate with other members of the household simultaneously through Amazon's smart speakers. So be sure to take note of your current settings before you opt in for new features. You can also say "Alexa, broadcast", and again, tack on your voice message at the end. Airbnb landlords will definitely find it more convenient than getting physical keys to their tenants. You're in luck because now Amazon's Fire 7 and HD 8 tablets can now double as Alexa speakers.

Dubbed Alexa Announcements, the new Alexa skill lets users utilise Echo speakers across their homes as a relay system of sorts.

Alexa Announcements rolls out in the U.S. and Canada today and although there's no word on when it will be introduced to other territories, it would be surprising if it didn't eventually. The feature will work with any compatible Echo device, including the Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot, and Echo Look.