My Tap finally got this update yesterday here in the US.
From: Pc-audio [mailto:pc-audio-boun...@pc-audio.org] On Behalf Of Dane
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 6:36 PM
To: PC Audio Discussion List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Echo Tap hands free update
This arrived here, I had another look at the Tap settings and found the option
to enable the Hands Free mode right under the Battery status on the HTML web
Just to summarise again for those who don't know.
The Echo Tap is different from the Main Echo and the Echo Dot in that - by
default - the Tap doesn't listen for the wake word "Alex" followed by a
command, the user must press a button and then speak the commands.
With the Hands Free update the monitoring for the wake word "Alexa" can be
enabled thus the Tap functions as does the Dot etc though be warned that this
function will drain the battery significantly.
My suggestion is that you disable Hands Free if you intend to use the Tap a lot
on battery and enable it if you're using the Tap through its mains adapter or a
Also note that Tap can be put to sleep with a simple short press of the power