Amazon Brings Calling and Messaging to Alexa on Tablets

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Compatible tablets include Android tablets, iPads, and Amazon's Fire tablets, as spotted by Engadget.

To enable the calling and messaging feature you'll need the latest version of the Alexa app with verified phone numbers and imported contacts.

If privacy isn't an issue, there's a feature called Drop In, which, if enabled, allows you to instantly communicate with other Alexa devices as a kind of intercom in your home. This means that the regular Echo speaker could not make these video calls but the Echo Spot would be able to make video calls. For a long time now, the Amazon Echo devices have had the ability to talk to one another.

If you are a regular user of Amazon Alexa then you'll know how annoying it can be to say the "Alexa" hotword before every question or command, especially when you want to ask several things one after another. If you have the Alexa app, read on to learn more about what this new messaging and calling capability can help you do.

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The app also supports something called Drop In. Today, Amazon has opened up the feature to tablets. Provided you're on a pre-approved list of contacts that is.

Check out the overview and FAQ for more details.

The Apple iPad tablets are now available in different sizes with varying prices. Those start at $649 for the 10.5-inch display or $799 for the 12.9-inch display at the Apple Store.

Amazon has also said it has several ways of dealing with the problem. If you have a Fire 7, Fire HD 8 or older Fire tablet, you'll have to first press the home button to initiate a call or send a message.

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