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Amazon’s Fire tablets are getting new smart home controls

The Verge Tuesday, 27 October 2020
Amazon’s Fire tablets are getting new smart home controlsImage: Amazon

Amazon is adding a new menu to select Fire tablets to control Alexa-compatible smart home gadgets, the company has announced. The Device Dashboard, which is rolling out starting today, can be accessed via a new Smart Home button on the left of the navigation bar.

Although Alexa-compatible smart home devices can already be controlled with spoken commands (including via Fire tablets), Amazon says the new interface is meant for when “touch might be more convenient than voice.” It opens up some fun possibilities, like mounting a cheap Amazon Fire tablet on a wall to use as a smart home controller.

Image: Amazon The dashboard can be accessed from the smart home button on the navigation bar.

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