Jun 09, 2017 08:01 AM EDT
While some owners of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are trying innovative approaches to hide the Bixby button, owners of Amazon Fire tablets will welcome on Thursday the arrival of the Amazon voice assistant. Five models of the Amazon Fire tablets will receive Alexa on June 8. These are the Fire HD 10, Fire HD 8, Fire HD 7, Fire HD 6, and the Fire HDX 8.9.
The last three models, which will get Alexa, were originally released in 2014. Amazon tablets released before 2014 would not get the voice assistant that has similar functionality to the Amazon Echo speaker. The first two are Amazon Fire tablets released in 2016, Tech Radar reports.
Alexa is pre-installed in the brand new 2017 Fire 7 and 2017 Fire HD 8 editions. Amazon advises owners of the 2016 and 2014 tablets that once they downloaded the update, they can long press the Home button and ask Alexa to open apps, play videos, and read audiobooks and other popular features such as jokes, questions, weather, and news.
According to Trusted Reviews, the 2017 Fire 7 and 2017 Fire HD 8 tablets, which come with Alexa pre-installed, are powered by 1,3GHz processor and feature microSD support up to 256GB. The Fire HD 8 has an 8-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, while the Fire 7 has a 7-inch display with 600 x 1024 resolution.
In the UK, the Fire 7 sells for £49.99 for the 8GB model and £59.99 for the 16GB model. The Fire HD 8, which is pre-installed with Alexa, sells for £79.99. Kevin Keith, the general manager of Fire Tablets at Amazon, says buyers of the Amazon Fire tablets could expect more from the gadgets such as better hardware, more features, and access to a lot of great content but at affordable prices.He says Amazon’s approach is to offer premium products at non-premium prices. Because of the incredible value the tables offer, customers will love these gadgets.
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