Amazon wants you to think about your Amazon Fire tablet as no longer only a tablet but a full-fledged Alexa-enabled tool — or more precisely, a slimmed down Echo Show.
It is known as Show Mode, and it is coming as a free software program replace for current technology Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets. Like the Echo show, the new mode serves up complete-screen visuals to supplement voice responses from Alexa. Without touching your tablet, you can ask Alexa to see trending news, the climate report, calendars, digital camera feeds and more.
Apart from the software program update — it will begin rolling out on July 2 — Amazon is also introducing the Show Mode Charging Dock, a docking station for modern-day tech Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 that includes a cover that magnetically adheres to the dock, fixing your device in area on the angled stand.
The “show mode charging dock” routinely switches your Fire tablet into full-screen Alexa mode when linked. This correctly brings wired-free charging on your fire tablet, as you could pick out the tablet up and drop it into the charging dock while not having to mess around with cables — but you will need to maintain the tablet in its charging dock case, which connects to the tablet through the micro USB port.
The charging dock additionally sports activities an adjustable stand so that you can flow it up and down to fit your favored viewing role.
The show mode charging dock will price $40 for the Fire HD 8 model, even though it’s going to to start with be available at a $5 bargain. The fire HD 10 incarnation will value $55, however it too offers a $5 discount at launch. Preorders are open today, with shipping expected from July 12.
Amazon is likewise imparting special bundles for brand spanking new customers, meaning you can get a Fire HD 8 tablet with the show mode charging dock blanketed from $110, even as a similar fire HD 10 package is to be had beginning at $190.