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Amazon adds Alexa to its Fire tablet
    2016-09-14  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    亚马逊FireHD 8升级 内置Alexa语音助手

    Amazon wants to be under the Christmas tree this year.

    It’s cut the price of its new Fire tablet almost in half and added its popular voice assistant, Alexa, in hopes of making it a hot holiday item, despite a slump in overall tablet sales.

    The new Fire HD8 tablet will cost US$90, down from US$150. Mixed-use battery life is up to 12 hours, and the base storage is doubled to 16G.

    The biggest change is that the tablet will have Alexa functionality. That means that when users tap and hold the tablet’s home button, they can ask the assistant for anything from weather reports to news queries, and also get the device do things like adjusting the lights or temperature on compatible* smart-home devices.

    The tablet market in general has been slumping. Most people have already bought one who wanted one and see little reason to upgrade.

    But Amazon has managed to grow its share by slashing prices of its Fire tablet and encouraging people to buy more than one.

    Its base model, with few bells and whistles, costs just US$49.

    Alexa voice-recognition software will be available on all the new tablets, as well as via a free over-the-air software update for Fire HD 8 tablets from last year.

    The software was originally part of Amazon’s Echo US$180 smart speaker, which is activated by voice commands.

    A home-intercom system called Nucleus and a portable speaker from Triby also come with Alexa software built in.

    Kevin Keith, Amazon’s general manager of Fire tablets said he expects tablet users to use Alexa mainly while using tablets for entertainment like movies and e-books.

    “It’s a way to enhance the entertainment experience,” he said.(SD-Agencies)

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