Alexa Announcements lets you broadcast a message to all of your Echo devices

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Amazon’s Echo devices are getting a nifty new feature today.

Amazon has revealed Alexa Announcements, a new feature that lets you send a voice message to every Echo in your house at the same time. To make an announcement, just say “Alexa, announce that…” or “Alexa, tell everyone…” or “Alexa, broadcast…”.

The feature is supported on the Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot, and Echo Look. It’s rolling out to devices in the U.S. and Canada beginning today.

This is different than the two-way intercom feature that Amazon previously rolled out to the Echo and is intended for quick messages that you want everyone to hear. For example, you could announce that dinner is ready or that you’ll be leaving for the mall in five minutes, all without having to go from room to room and saying the same thing to all of your family members.

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Alexa Announcements one-way voice feature rolling out to Echo devices

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Amazon is rolling out a feature today that lets users broadcast messages to connected Echo devices. The company is calling it Alexa Announcements, and the functionality is very similar to the broadcast feature Google Home has had since late last year.

Telling an Echo “announce,” “broadcast” or “tell everyone” something will make all connected devices on the account relay the message. “Millions of customers already have more than one Echo device in their home,” Amazon says, and given that Echo devices have have been able to function as two-way intercoms and make phone calls since last year, this feature seems like a logical step.

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Alexa can now broadcast your voice to every Echo in the house

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Telling the family that dinner’s ready or reminding the kids it’s time for bed won’t require as much shouting if you’ve got a smart home with Echo speakers scattered around. Today Amazon announced a new feature called Alexa Announcements, which will let you simultaneously broadcast a voice message to every Echo in the house.

Users already had the intercom-style ability to carry on two-way conversations between rooms, but the one-way Announcements function is meant for the kind of grand pronouncements that you want everyone to hear. They’ll play back on all supported devices, which include the Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot, and Echo Look.

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Ecobee Switch+ smart light switch with built-in Alexa action is finally up for sale

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When you’re putting together a smart home, it’s easy to get a little carried away. Maybe you start with a speaker connected to a voice assistant. Then you’re ordering pack after pack of smart light bulb, wiring in a doorbell cam, and before you know it your curtains and blinds are opening all by themselves. Well, homeowners aren’t the only ones going down this path, and we’ve also seen the companies behind these devices start out making just one kind of smart-home accessory, before finding themselves building a whole home’s worth of connected tech.

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Need an existential reason for ditching Alexa? Here are a few

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