December 20, 2020 1:02:21 pm
Towards the end of 2020, Amazon introduced a new feature that allows users to make audio and video calls on Echo devices. The function was announced in September 2020. A total of seven participants can be added to an audio or video call on Echo devices such as the Echo Dot, Echo Show, and others. The feature is currently available in 14 countries – Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the US, and the UK.
Using the Alexa app, Echo users have the ability to create and name specific groups to make those calls. In the future, the group call function may also be integrated into the Alexa app. With this feature, users can simply enter a command like “Call my family” and it will automatically connect to the group that the user created.
There is currently no limit to the duration of calls when calling or receiving via Echo Group calls. However, users can also use video conferencing apps like Zoom, Google Duo, Microsoft Teams, and others to call their contacts.
The feature is available for Echo devices just before the holiday season. Zoom has already announced the days when the 40-minute limit for free users worldwide will be lifted from its app. Microsoft Teams and Google Meet have also made one-day audio and video calls free for users.
For users in the United States, there are a few more features available for Echo devices. People can join a scheduled meeting simply by giving Alexa a command. There’s also a feature for Echo Show 8 devices that shows the audio’s subtitles in real time (US English only).
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