what I'm suggesting is that a second generation of the home will have a small camera built into the speaker itself so persons can do video calling and see one another on the 4-K screen for example. You may do what amazon calls drop in. so people can check in on Grandma and so forth!

I should have clarified what I meant a little better.

-----Original Message----- From: Dane Trethowan
Sent: Friday, May 12, 2017 9:02 AM
To: PC Audio Discussion List
Subject: Re: First impressions of the Alexa calling feature

The Home does that already if you have a compatible Cast TV, most of the modern TV’S have Cast compatibility. For example you might say to home, “Watch Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire From Netflix on Lounge”, Lounge being the name you’ve given your TV.

On 12 May 2017, at 10:59 pm, Gary Schindler <garys5...@comcast.net> wrote:

It is my guess that you will be able to cast to your tv with the Googgle Home so they won't need a screen on the device itself or the chrome cast device will have a camera in it for the video calls.

-----Original Message----- From: Dane Trethowan
Sent: Friday, May 12, 2017 4:08 AM
To: PC Audio Discussion List
Subject: Re: First impressions of the Alexa calling feature

I'm sure Google will release a similar feature for their Home device
before long.

Google will probably want to integrate something like this with the
Hangouts App.

On 12/05/2017 9:37 AM, Kenny wrote:
Very nice review by you. I'll definitely keep this email for future reference if I do decide to buy this item.

At 03:03 PM 5/11/2017, you wrote:
Here are my First impressions of the new Alexa calling feature using the IOS Alexa app!

The setup was pretty straight forward.

You are asked to sign into the app and enter your credentials and proceed to the setup. you will need to supply the phone number you will be using to receive and make calls on your mobile phone whether it be android or IOS.

When you continue you are sent a verification code to your mobile phone. once you are verified, you will here a chime on your Alexa device, and you are taken to a screen where you import your contacts, allow Alexa to use the microphone and so on.

Once this is all done, you are given a brief explanation of how to insert contacts to make calls and send messages, and so forth.

Making calls from the Alexa devices is quite easy to do. You say, Elexa call so and so. As long as the person in your contacts has the Alexa app on there phone, Alexa will make the call for you. Anyone can download the app and enable the calling feature. I would think they had better have an Amazon account though!

Making calls from the Alexa app itself is another matter. You search for a contact in your address book and tap it to make your call. If the person doesn’t answer,you don’t hear anything at all. You can’t power down the phone or anything. you don’t have voiceover to end the call. The only way I got voiceover back was to call myself with one of my Alexa devices. The phone vibrated and eventually I heard the Amazon ringtone and I could answer or decline my call. I think I will stick to using the Elexa devices to make calls.

When I called my self, the audio was quite clear. I then told my device at hand to hang up. it did and my phone when back to normal. I guess the other party you are talking to will have to end the calls, because there is no way to find the end call icon if you are totally blind because you have no voiceover.

I think the Alexa calling and message feature has potential, and I am waiting for some blind individual to buy the Echo show when it comes out and let all of us know how accessible it is.

If you call yourself for testing purposes, make sure the volume on the device is turned down low, or you will have ear splitting feedback.
The calls don’t show up in your IOS calls either.


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