Amazon says Show Mode will roll out via a free software update for current-generation Fire HD 8 and 10 tablets starting on July 2. Users will be able to use the tablets' built-in Alexa functionality to start a video chat, show calendar events, display a live feed from some home security cameras, control smart home devices, and even play an Echo-style flash news briefing (but without any video content).
On Thursday, Amazon unveiled Show Mode, a new feature for its Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets.
Amazon has discovered a niche market, churning out versions of its popular Fire tablets with a few nifty additions aimed at kids, so it's hardly a surprise that it's just announced another. But rather than have separate devices, Show Mode lets you make your Fire tablet a dual goal device. But it wasn't until the Fire HD 10 launch past year that Alexa went hands-free on a tablet, meaning you could converse with Alexa without having to wake the device up manually. As a special introductory offer, Fire HD 10 Kids Edition tablets are available in a multi-pack option so every member of the family can enjoy one. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
The docking station doesn't have an external microphone or speaker so only the tablet's internals will be used to power this experience. The case itself connects to the Fire tablet's micro USB port. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.
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"We are excited to add Fire TV Stick, Kindle and the Echo range of devices to Prime Now selection of over 10,000 products available in hours".
Firstly there's a blue or pink kid-proof case which surrounds and protects the 10-inch HD Full HD screen should it get dropped.
The docks list for $55 and $40 respectively, and ship on July 12.
When your tablet is in Show Mode, Alexa will provide on-screen visuals to complement its voice responses, the way it does on the Echo Show's and Echo Spot's screens.