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Amazon is now giving out Echo devices, shopping credit, and other rewards to Android gamers as part of a month-long Challenges initiative, the e-commerce giant said Friday. For instance, you can tell Alexa to "announce that lunch is ready" and Alexa will repeat that in all the Echo speakers that you have set up in your house.

The command also works with "Alexa, announce." and "Alexa, broadcast.". Amazon Key lets you lock and unlock your door from anywhere using the Amazon Key app.

Debuting in the United States and Canada only, the new feature is dubbed Alexa Announcements and allows users to broadcast messages to all the Amazon Echo devices located around their home. Unlike Groups, which just controls multiple bulbs, plugs and other devices in one go, Routines offers much finer control. If so, Amazon's latest feature for Alexa is for you.

You can already call another Echo device using a feature called Drop In; the Announcements capability announced today is just for one-way blasts.

The new Routines are rolling out slowly, so it may take you a few days to see the option within your Alexa app.

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Alexa Announcements are rolling out today to users in the US and Canada.

Yep. Google began offering this same functionality for its Google Home line of smart speakers this past November.

For instance, if a user wants to call all family members to the table, users can say, "Alexa, announce that dinner is ready", and all the Echo speakers in the house will together announce that the supper's ready.

Check out Amazon's help page for the feature.


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