The icing on the cake is the fact that it costs just $30, which is the same price you'll pay for a single Alexa smart plug from a top brand. For everyone else, you'll need to go to the Alexa app to place a call.
If you've been interested in trying out Audible on your Amazon Echo, now would be a good time to do it.
Alexa calling, the feature that lets users place voice and video calls from Alexa devices, like the Echo, is now coming to tablets.
To access this functionality, users will need to have the Amazon Alexa app installed.
Even though you probably won't use Alexa to make calls from your tablets, this is still kind of a big deal.
In other Alexa news, you no longer need to speak or say the command word "Hey Alexa" as a prefix before every single command.
Alexa is Amazon's artificially-intelligent smart assistant platform used in its Echo products and other compatible hardware. Placing a call is a simple as calling out for Alexa and speaking a contact name. The added support for voice calls and messaging is the latest example of Amazon's Alexa app as for how it is becoming more than a utility for managing the settings on Echo devices.
However, with the new opt-in feature, Alexa will listen for five seconds after the first response.
What's more, Amazon's Drop In feature, which basically serves as a quick intercom feature, also works with tablets. With this feature, if you are one of the people on the pre-approved contacts list, you will be able to connect either through a video call or audio call.