Amazon introduces 'Alexa Announcements' feature for Echo speakers

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So, for instance, you can say, "Alexa, broadcast 'the movie is starting.'" Everyone in your home within earshot of an Echo device will hear a chime followed by you saying, "the movie movie is starting".

Speaking of lock brands, Amazon has also expanded the number of smart locks that will be compatible with Amazon Key, which includes options from manufacturers like Kwikset and Yale.

While this feature alone may not be enough to convince someone to buy a few extra Echo devices, it's certainly a clever use of the hardware and gives families one more reason to fill their home with smart speakers.

While Amazon frequently discounts many of its Echo devices, unfortunately, the retailer isn't as forthcoming about its bundle deals, which forces shoppers to dig around to find the best deals.

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The online retail giant said Thursday that customers using its new Alexa Announcements feature will be able to broadcast messages from one Echo speaker to others they may own.

The newest feature is now available across all Echo devices in the United States and Canada. "Just say 'Ok Google, broadcast it's time for school!' and your message will broadcast to all Assistant-enabled speakers in your home", Google Home Product Manager Alex Duong and Google Assistant Software Engineer Nam Do explained at the time. In other words, it turns your Echos into intercoms.

The Messaging feature works in two ways.

Announcements expands the already robust communications skills of Echo devices including Calling, Drop In, and Messaging.

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