Amazon has just announced “Show Mode” a new way for its existing Amazon Fire tablet owners to experience Alexa along with Show Mode Charging dock. This will allow users to repurpose their old Fire tablets without the need to buy a new Alexa-powered device such as the Amazon Echo lineup of smart speakers. This means that you can use your Fire tablet both as a portable conventional tablet as well as a slimmed down Echo Show. According to the company, the new Show mode will be rolling out to its current generation Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets as a software update. Show Mode will come complete with full-screen visuals along with the ability to invoke Alexa for voice responses.
Users can carry out the usual tasks such as asking Alexa for weather, trending news, and camera feeds and you can just glance at all the information. Show Mode Charging dock is a docking station for Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 where the tablets automatically switch to Show Mode while the tablet charges stating at an adjustable angle. The Charging Dock for Fire HD 8 tablet is available on pre-order at $34.99 instead of the regular $39.99 and $49.99 instead of the regular $54.99 for Fire HD 10 tablet.
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Amazon is also selling a bundled offer where users can buy the Fire HD 8 tablet along with the Show Mode Charging Dock at $109.98 instead of $119.98 and Fire HD 10 along with Show Mode Charging Dock for $189.98 instead of $204.98.
Both the bundled offering and the standalone Show Mode Charging Dock stands will start shipping on July 12. The company will start rolling out the software updates for the current generation Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 from July 2. This is impressive on Amazon’s part to actually allow users to repurpose their old tablets instead of letting them die.
This is likely to encourage customers to use Alexa in Show Mode who already have a Fire HD tablet, but have stayed away from Alexa. This new update is limited to the United States as Fire HD tablets are not on sale in India.