Amazon’s new 8-inch Fire HD tablets come equipped with an accessibility feature that makes it possible for users to interact with Alexa through touch rather than voice.
Thinner, lighter, stronger, and 30% faster than their predecessors (at a $10 price increase per unit), the latest generation of the best-selling Fire HD 8 family features four new models with improved aluminosilicate glass displays and Hexa-core processors.
We are now accepting preorders for all four, and we will start sending them out in October.
The cheapest Fire HD 8 model (beginning at $99.99) has a battery life of up to 13 hours, an increase of one hour over the previous model, and can be charged from empty to full in just five hours.
The 32 and 64 GB storage capacities (expandable to a total of 1 TB) and the USB-C charging capability introduced in the 2020 update remain. It comes in your choice of three different colours: black, denim, or rose.
The Fire HD 8 Plus, which costs an extra $20, has twice as much storage space, a 5MP rear camera, and 3-hour battery life, in addition to supporting wireless charging. Show Mode transforms it into a smart display for your countertop and requires the use of a new wireless charging dock, which is sold separately. The only colour option is grey.
The Fire HD 8 Kids (beginning at $149.99) is a tablet optimised for children aged 3 to 7 and features a childproof casing, built-in parental controls, a 2-year guarantee, and Amazon Kids+ for an entire year. The latter is provided in Blue and Purple by default, with Mickey Mouse and Disney Princess cases available as an upgrade for $10.
In contrast, for ages 6 to 12, $149.99 buys a Fire HD 8 Kids Pro with access to a digital marketplace where kids may order eBooks, apps, and games. Rainbow Universe, Cyber Sky, and Hello Teal are the three different patterns available for its protective cover.
New Fire HD 8 tablets have “Tap to Alexa,” which provides a home screen widget with one-touch access to frequently used Alexa commands and user input. Users will be able to use on-screen tiles configured with that functionality rather than orally requesting the smart assistant to execute activities like playing music or bringing up the weather report.
Tap to Alexa, previously only available on Echo Show devices, is now built into every Fire 7, Fire HD 8, and Fire HD 10 tablet released in 2019 or later, along with Text to Speech and Bluetooth switch support for users who are nonverbal or who do not speak English, as well as users with mobility impairments.
By integrating Tap to Alexa on Fire tablets and other services like Text to Speech, we hope to increase the number of people who have access to smart home technologies “In a news release, Amazon’s Alexa for Everyone senior product manager Juliana Tarpey made the following statement.
“Customers can ask Alexa to do things like play their favourite TV show or switch on the lights or help them communicate with friends and family with just a tap after setting up their devices.
Tarpey chimed in, “It may seem simple and it is.” All of our clients will benefit from streamlined access to Alexa’s features.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) includes handheld devices and tablets with symbols that digitally generate speech, and is used by more than 2 million persons in the United States who have difficulty communicating through conventional means due to a lack of expressive language.