Amazon Echo Devices Can Now be Used as an Intercom System

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Amazon is throwing in one more new feature.

"Dinner's ready!" is about as common an exclamation as you'll hear in the average family household. For example, you can say "Alexa, broadcast." and it will start streaming your voice across all speakers in your house.

Just hours after we penned our guide to using Alexa Routines - and lambasted the inability to add music and audio to your carefully crafted smart home creations - Amazon added the feature. As a bonus, the system is accessible with Alexa, so customers can optimize it using devices like the Echo, Echo Show, and Fire TV.

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Which devices work with Alexa Announcements? This means that if you're just looking for a way to make your home smarter, these bundles could be worth taking a look at which you can find on Amazon's website. From there, users can broadcast any message they want through an army of Echo speakers, but, as mentioned earlier, only those in the U.S. or Canada will enjoy this functionality for now.

Which Echo devices support the feature? Compatible Echo devices include just about everything, though the Echo Tap is now not supported. The retailer's latest announcement may help drive home that fact.

Basically, if you say, "Alexa, announce it's time to get up", this will be broadcast to all the Echo devices that are connected around your house.

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Yep. Google began offering this same functionality for its Google Home line of smart speakers this past November. Using this new Alexa Announcements feature, you can use those speakers together as a one-way Echo intercom using only your voice without any extra set up necessary.

Amazon also added a new feature to Amazon Key: entry and exit clips for guests, friends, and family.

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