Amazon Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 tablets can now use dual function as Alexa hands-free speakers. This feature is already available in Fire HD 10, and the company is now expanding it to other recent tablets. Both compatible models were launched last year. Once the latest software update is published on the devices, you can use the full range of Alexa voice commands whenever the tablet screen is on.
However, to use this functionality from the other side of the room when the tablet is asleep, your Fire tablet must be connected to a power source. And Amazon warns that even some low-power USB ports will not be enough. It seems a strange restriction considering the prolonged battery life offered by these devices. You definitely should not expect a tablet's speakers to beat the normal echo, but an Alexa with free hands can be convenient when traveling.
In addition to the usual audio tricks (answering questions, playing music requests, etc.), the Alexa on Fire tablets will also display the visual content with some of their answers. Therefore, as with Echo Show and Echo Spot, you can get a feed from one of the security cameras in your smart home. And in cases where there are multiple devices enabled for Alexa, Alexa will respond from the nearest, thanks to its capabilities ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).
Once you have received and installed the latest Kindle Fire software update for 7 or HD 8, enabling the new feature is quite simple. Simply slide down from the top of the screen to get a quick setup and activate it.