Until now, Amazon's personal assistant has only been available on specialist devices.
(CCM) — Amazon's Alexa personal assistant will be unleashed on a new Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet. Previously, users have only been able to take advantage of Alexa's capabilities through Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot, and Tap devices, as well as on the Invoxia Triby. Unlike with those devices, however, Fire tablet users will only have to press a button to start using Alexa. They will then be able to ask her to play music, launch games, and read audio books, with more functionality to be introduced in the near future.
The Fire HD 8 has an 8-inch widescreen (1280 x 800) display and is equipped with a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor and 1.5 GB of RAM. 16 GB and 32 GB models are available with support for up to 200 GB of expandable storage using a microSD card. Amazon claims that the 4,750 mAh battery will last up to 12 hours of mixed use, and that in tumble tests the device has proven twice as durable as the iPad Mini 4. For Amazon Prime members, an "On Deck" feature automatically keeps the Fire tablet current with popular Prime movies and TV shows, as well as Amazon Original Series. For customers who aren’t yet Prime members, "On Deck" downloads the first episodes of Amazon Original Series. The Amazon Fire HD 8 will be priced at $89.99.
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