Amazon Alexa Is Now Your Home Intercom

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"Just say 'Ok Google, broadcast it's time for school!' and your message will broadcast to all Assistant-enabled speakers in your home", Google Home Product Manager Alex Duong and Google Assistant Software Engineer Nam Do explained at the time.

With smart lamps not yet the staple of the home Alexa and Google Home devices have become, Amazon hopes to encourage more 3 party companies to create voice-controlled lamps through a newly released design reference. Say "Alexa, tell everyone dinner's ready", and everyone in your home within earshot of an Echo device will hear you say "dinner's ready". It's possible to disable this feature through Alexa's settings menu, as well as to control whether the functionality works while the device is password locked. The company is calling it Alexa Announcements, and the functionality is very similar to the broadcast feature Google Home has had since late a year ago.

Amazon is rolling out a feature today that lets users broadcast messages to connected Echo devices.

If you want to exclude a specific device within your household, say, in the bedroom where your husband is sleeping, Amazon said you can use the Do Not Disturb setting.

Which Echo devices support the feature?

It's not just upgrades to its smart speaker line up being worked on at Amazon HQ - the retail powerhouse just released a reference guide that includes "smart" lamps.

Can Google Home do announcements?

This feature was reportedly already available on Amazon's Fire HD tablet.

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