Updated Amazon Echo Show Has A Few New Tricks Up Its Sleeve
Amazon, the smart home tech giant, recently announced the launch of three updated Echo Show smart displays – the midsize Echo Show 8, the compact Echo Show 5, and the chameleon skin-covered Echo Show Kids. The new smart devices will have some nifty tricks up their sleeves, like the Echo Show 8’s ability to pan and zoom during video calls to keep callers centered or the augmented reality technology that lets you add animated reactions to a video call. Other features have been announced which will be included in these devices along with some older devices. Amazon also mentioned that Sidewalk was going live. The platform is expected to help users share their network with neighboring devices to create a mesh network in the neighborhood. Users also have the option to opt-out of the program if they wish.
Other updates from Amazon include having shared home screens across multiple Amazon devices in the same network. You will be able to set up multiple home screens and have them also shared from one single device.
During the pandemic, video calling platforms of every stripe added all kinds of fun, silly and sometimes privacy-enhancing features like backdrops and reactions to their apps.
This feature is soon going to be available on Alexa devices. Amazon says you will be able to tap on the screen to choose animated visual and audio reactions (hearts, laughs and confetti are Amazon’s examples). You will also make yourself appear to be in front of street art, a classic painting or other digitally imposed backgrounds that obscure the actual room you are in. Apart from these, the other features that were announced include kid-friendly clock themes on the forthcoming Echo Show Kids, on-screen music recommendations from Amazon Music or Spotify, and Zoom support enabling users to make Zoom calls from the Alexa device directly.
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