Updated Amazon Echo Shows arrive this week, with a few new tricks even older devices can do From animated reactions during video calls to shared photos on your home screen, Amazon's older model smart displays will get many of the new Echo Show features.

The new Echo Show 8 will include an ambient light sensor that can adjust the color and brightness of the screen for optimum viewing.

Amazon is launching a trio of updated Echo Show smart displays this week: the midsize Echo Show 8, compact Echo Show 5 and the chameleon skin-covered Echo Show Kids (basically a Show 5 with jazzier colors). With better cameras and more powerful processors, the new devices are expected to start shipping on June 9, less than two weeks before Prime Day 2021 (June 21 and June 22).

As with most Amazon product launches, new smart devices will have a few nifty tricks up their sleeve, such as the Echo Show 8’s ability to pan and zoom during a video call to keep callers focused or augmented reality technology that lets you animated videos. Allows you to add responses. video call. Some, like Pan and Zoom, will be exclusive to one or more of the new devices, but others, like Animated Reactions, will all roll out to the Echo Show.

We’ve already covered what’s new about the updated Echo Show devices, plus looked at Alexa’s new sound detection triggers and how to turn your Alexa Display’s webcam into a security camera — but more is. Here are the rest of the features that may have already arrived — or soon will be — on your Alexa smart speaker or display.

Amazon Sidewalk Goes Live on June 8: Here’s What to Know?

Much has been made of the Amazon sidewalk for the shared Wi-Fi service’s debut on June 8th, and we don’t want to mention the company’s new low-bandwidth shared wireless network among the new features coming to Echo devices. This week. To help readers make more informed decisions about Amazon Sidewalk, we’ve explained Major benefits of pavement, solved Sidewalk’s deceptive privacy permissions and also provided detailed steps for how to disable sidewalk If you decide you will not participate.

There are perfectly valid reasons to opt out of the Amazon Sidewalk, but there are also good reasons to try it. If the idea is to shell out a smaller slice of your monthly bandwidth so that you and your neighbors have wider, more reliable wireless service for your smart home devices, give it a try. You can choose to opt-out at a later time.


Amazon says its low-bandwidth shared wireless network — called Sidewalk — will help smart home devices stay connected by borrowing bandwidth from other nearby participants.

Update Grandma’s photo album with shared home screen

One of the things Amazon’s Echo Show smart displays do is display photos — hopefully even more once the new Show 8 comes with its own screen that uses ambient lighting to help improve your images. adjusts to position.

But while the Echo Show has always been good at displaying photos, they haven’t been so great at sharing them. Enter the shared home screen. The feature name is kind of a misnomer—you really only need an Echo Show for it to work. The person sending the photos only needs to store them on Amazon Photos, which can then be linked to the account of the person with the Echo Display.

Before walking through the detailed steps below, you need to make sure that three things are in order:

  • install latest firmware On your Echo Show by swiping down from the top of the screen and navigating Adjustment, Then device the option and Check for Software Updates.
  • Log in to Amazon Photos Mobile app With the same account you use for Alexa.
  • Import contacts is on under your alexa app conversationhandjob more menu (three stacked dots), import contacts.

You can share photos hosted on Amazon Photos to any generation and any model of the Ech Show smart display with a shared home screen.

Once it’s all finished, here’s how to enable the Shared Home Screen feature:

1. On the destination Echo Show, swipe down and select either Adjustment Or say, “Alexa, set up my photo display.”

2. Choose clock and photo display, Then Amazon Photos and tap INVITE FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

3. Select the contact whose photos you want to display.

4. The person you just selected will need to respond to the push notification and ask them if they want to share the photos.

Soon you can add reactions and backgrounds to video calls

During the pandemic, every Stripe video calling platform added all kinds of fun, silly, and sometimes privacy-enhancing features like backdrops and reactions to their apps. Well, it’s better late than never for Alexa.

The feature isn’t live yet, but when it is, Amazon says you’ll be able to tap the screen to choose animated visual and audio responses (hearts, laughs and confetti are Amazon’s examples). You will also expose yourself to street art, a classic painting or other digitally imposed backgrounds that obscure the actual room you are in.


The Echo Show Kids Smart Display will have options for what Amazon calls a “kid-friendly lock screen.”

Here’s a Roundup on Other New Alexa Features We Love

There are a few more Alexa new features we haven’t covered yet that aren’t necessarily flashy enough to earn their own subreddit, but are at least nifty enough to mention:

Kids Friendly Clock Theme On the upcoming Echo Show Kids: Not sure what they’ll look like, but we can’t wait to find out.

On-Screen Music Recommendations From Amazon Music or Spotify: We’ve written about this before, but if you blink, you might miss it, and it’s worth at least a reminder.

Zoom Support: So you can make a zoom call, where many people first enjoyed the AR background.

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