A replica of HAL-9000 is coming with Amazon Alexa built in

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Just head to the Settings page of the app, select the device you want to configure, find Follow-Up Mode and tap the toggle to switch it on.

Previously, anyone wanting to make calls or send messages needed an Echo device like the Echo Show or Echo Spot.

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You can now use Amazon's Alexa voice assistant to place free video and voice calls to other Alexa users on tablets.

To access this functionality, users will need to have the Amazon Alexa app installed. Not just Amazon's Fire-branded tablets, but any and all compatible Android tablets and iPads. This means that the regular Echo speaker could not make these video calls but the Echo Spot would be able to make video calls. Once updated, they'll need to "verify their mobile number" and "import their contacts". Users can also enable Drop In to connect instantly between Echo devices in the same home via said tablet. I guess you can say that Amazon has introduce intercom inside you home, am I right? If you have the Alexa app, read on to learn more about what this new messaging and calling capability can help you do.

Fortunately, you will also have a few more additional features which are essential for the users. This feature was also previously available mostly between Echo devices, rather than by using other technology items that weren't designed by Amazon.