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Amazon Wants to Turn Your Fire Tablet Into an Echo Show

Dave Parrack 28-06-2018

Amazon is slowly but surely turning Fire tablets into Echo devices. Its latest effort quite literally turns your Fire tablet into an Echo Show, and if you buy the new Show Mode Charging Dock, you won’t even have to lean it on a stack of books.


Amazon originally added Alexa to its range of Fire tablets in 2016. However, at the time you needed to hold down a button to activate Alexa. In 2017, Amazon added a hands-free mode. And in 2018, Amazon is going all-in with its new Show Mode feature.

Amazon Launches Alexa’s New Show Mode

The new Show Mode feature is coming to Amazon’s Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets. It’s a software update (rolling out on July 2) that adds a visual element to Alexa’s capabilities. In other words, it turns your Fire tablet into an Echo Show.

This means that you can ask Alexa to show you a recipe, set a timer, start a video call, watch a movie, or play music All the Ways to Play Music Using Your Amazon Echo and Alexa The Amazon Echo excels at playing music. Here are all the ways to listen to music using your Amazon Echo and Alexa. Read More with the lyrics displayed on the screen. Essentially, anything you need a visual element to achieve is being made possible with Show Mode.

To make your Fire tablet easier to use while in Show Mode, Amazon is launching the Show Mode Charging Dock. This is a docking station for the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 which automatically puts your tablet into Show Mode and tilts the device to the correct angle.

While it isn’t necessary to own the Show Mode Charging Dock to use Show Mode, it will certainly improve the experience. The Show Mode Charging Dock for the Fire HD 8 and the Show Mode Charging Dock for the Fire HD 10 are being released on July 12.


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Making the Amazon Fire Tablet Even Better

The new Show Mode is a genius idea which makes the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 even better value for money than they already were. And by launching the Show Mode Charging Dock at the same time, Amazon can make a little extra money in the process.

With Amazon offering so many different devices you might need help deciding which Echo is right for you A Comparison Guide to Amazon Echo Devices: Which One Is Best for You? Which Amazon Echo device is right for you? We compare the Plus, Dot, Tap, Show, Spot, Look, and Fire TV Cube to help you make up your mind. Read More . Perhaps it’s the Echo Show, which we reviewed in July 2017 Seeing Is Believing: The Amazon Echo Show Review Does a voice assistant speaker really need a touchscreen? The $230 Amazon Echo Show certainly makes a compelling case, with video flash briefing skills, song lyrics, and on-demand streaming of supported security cameras. Read More . Or perhaps now is the right time to buy the Amazon Fire HD 10 Amazon Fire HD 10 (2017) Review: The Best Value Tablet Around This year's Amazon Fire HD 10 refresh adds some seriously cool features and drops the price further. We think that makes it the best value Android tablet around – but it won't be for everyone. Read More .

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  1. likefunbutnot
    July 2, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    If I had to guess, my Echo Show is about 98% used as a video phone. I don't think I've ever called up a video on it for any other reason. I love it for that purpose, but I can't imagine using a tablet in quite that way, since part of the appeal is the dedicated device that I can set in a corner and leave alone unless I'm using it.

    The Echo Show is missing a huge chunk of its functionality without Youtube, which is in my opinion the other redeeming feature that it could have had.