Amazon brings Alexa calls and messaging to tablets

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The update follows the introduction of a new messaging feature for Alexa devices in the United States, which will allow users to send SMS messages to their friends and other contacts.

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. But the functionality is not as broad as when you're using it on an Echo smart speaker for instance. The Fire 7 starts at just $49.99, while the All-New Fire HD 10 sells for $149.99 at Amazon's website.

Designed for the iPhone and all iPad models, the Amazon Alexa app can be downloaded now on the App Store for free.

You'll need the latest Alexa app, which is available for Android 5 and higher, and iOS 9 and later. Even, needless to say, just mentioning the word Alexa can get her going and seeking a command.

Also, there are other limitations such as needing to have an Echo if you would like to call mobile or landline numbers. For some people, this might be more of a hassle than it is worth, but other people will love taking advantage of the new feature. Today, Amazon has announced the feature to tablets including iPads, Android tablets, and of course its own Fire tablets.

But you can also enable remote Drop In for specified contacts. You will also be able to use the Drop In function to connect Echo devices using your tablet. Which is pretty neat, and something we didn't think we'd see in 2018.

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