Mobile technology is bigger than ever these days, and tech experts expect there to be about 2.08 billion smartphone users worldwide by the time 2016 comes to a close. One common feature that companies are including in mobile devices is the voice-controlled assistant, such as Apple’s Siri. A voice-controlled assistant can take basic commands and perform simple functions on the smartphone, like sending a text, making a call or looking up information on the internet. Amazon recently announced that they are coming out with a new version of their smart tablet called the Fire HD 8 that will have Amazon’s own voice-controlled assistant, Alexa, included on it.
Amazon announced that Alexa on the Fire HD 8 will do much of what it already does on Echo. It will be able to read headlines, tell jokes, set alarms, call Ubers and more.
Alexa will use “cards” to display information on the tablet (e.g., if you ask for the weather in New York, it will show you a box on your screen that includes the weather information).