Alexa now lets you make audio and video calls on Android tablets


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

Cast your minds back to the launch of Destiny 2 in September previous year and, amongst the rabble of reviews and raids, you may remember that Amazon partnered with Bungie to produce an Alexa-enabled Bluetooth speaker that doubled as a little in-game Ghost replica. In order for this to work, you will need to have the Alexa app open so that it can work just like any other Echo-enabled device.

It's a small improvement for the smart home assistant, but it's a good step toward making things like Alexa seem more natural and a little easier to use. For a long time now, the Amazon Echo devices have had the ability to talk to one another. On the Fire HD 10, voice calling and messaging can be accessed simply by talking to Alexa. In addition, there were messaging features and the ability to make calls using the Alexa app through one's smartphone. The update requires you to download the new Alexa app, which begins rolling out today. You'll need a slate running Android 5 or higher, and iOS 9 or later to do so. You then have to verify your phone number and import your contacts.

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However, with the new opt-in feature, Alexa will listen for five seconds after the first response.

There is another feature we wanted to tell you about on this app as well, which is called Drop-In.

According to Amazon has given Alexa the most useful, and the most sensible update. Tell us in the comments what you think of this news.