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14 March, 2018, 08:53 | Author: Janis Wilson
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Amazon has also revealed that users will now be able to use Alexa to make video/voice calls and send messages from tablets. The company is even working with Windows 10 PC makers to bring Alexa to new Windows 10 PCs, and Amazon seems desperate to get into your mobile device with Alexa - just like Microsoft is doing with Cortana.

Previously, anyone wanting to make calls or send messages needed an Echo device like the Echo Show or Echo Spot.

To enable the calling and messaging feature you'll need the latest version of the Alexa app with verified phone numbers and imported contacts. In addition, there were messaging features and the ability to make calls using the Alexa app through one's smartphone. This includes Apple iPads, Android tablets and Amazon Fire tablets. Still, it's worth it in the end since you no longer need an Echo speaker. Users can also enable Drop In to connect instantly between Echo devices in the same home via said tablet.

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Amazon's Alexa smart home assistant just got a little bit smarter and a little bit easier to talk to.

Starting Tuesday, Echo users who haven't previously used Audible - Amazon's audiobook service - can listen to any single audiobook in Audible's library of over 180,000 best sellers, new releases and other titles. Once you're done, you'll be able ask Alexa to call your friends from your tablet. And for everyone else, you'll have to open the Alexa app. Provided you're on a pre-approved list of contacts that is.

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