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Alexa can now broadcast your voice to every Echo in the house

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Telling the family that dinner’s ready or reminding the kids it’s time for bed won’t require as much shouting if you’ve got a smart home with Echo speakers scattered around. Today Amazon announced a new feature called Alexa Announcements, which will let you simultaneously broadcast a voice message to every Echo in the house.

Users already had the intercom-style ability to carry on two-way conversations between rooms, but the one-way Announcements function is meant for the kind of grand pronouncements that you want everyone to hear. They’ll play back on all supported devices, which include the Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Show, and Echo Spot.

You send an Alexa Announcement by saying “Alexa, announce that...” followed by your message. “Alexa, tell everyone…” and “Alexa, broadcast…” will also trigger the simultaneous one-way broadcasts. Alexa Announcements are rolling out in the US and Canada starting today.