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Amazon Extends Alexa Accessibility Feature to Fire Tablets

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For most, setting a timer, checking the weather, and ordering groceries is as easy as saying, "Alexa." But those who can't speak to the virtual assistant can tap it instead.

Amazon's "Tap to Alexa" accessibility feature—launched in 2018 on Echo Show devices—lets folks control the technology without making a sound.

And it's available now(Opens in a new window) for Fire tablets. Visit the gadget's settings to toggle on Tap to Alexa, then select from a menu of preset options for popular commands (like playing music or setting an alarm) or type in personalized requests.

A text-to-speech feature also lets users type a phrase to be read aloud. The function is useful for people with speech and/or mobility challenges, or who prefer to interact with Alexa silently. "We brought Tap to Alexa to Fire tablets, along with offersing like Text to Speech, to make it easier for more people to access smart home technology," Juliana Tarpey, senior product manager for Alexa for Everyone, said in a statement.

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