Amazon today announced new feature called Show Mode that brings the hands-free Alexa experience for Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets. Amazon has basically packaged the Echo Show software experience as a new feature for Fire tablets. With the Show Mode, you can access trending news, weather, camera feeds, and more through Alexa. To make this experience even better, Amazon is introducing the new Show Mode Charging Dock, a docking station for current generation Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets that allows them to be at an adjustable angle while charging.
Using the Show Mode Charging Dock, just ask Alexa to show you a recipe, set a timer, and then announce that dinner’s ready through other Echo devices in your home—all hands-free. You can also ask Alexa to start a video call with friends and family, watch a movie or TV show, play your flash briefing or Audible book on your Fire tablet while in the Show Mode Charging Dock; or if you want to move to a different room—just grab the tablet and go.
Amazon will also release Show Mode to current generation Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets via a free update starting July 2.
For a limited time, Show Mode Charging Dock for Fire HD 8 is available $34.99 (regularly $39.99) and is available for pre-order here. Show Mode Charging Dock for Fire HD 10 is $49.99 (regularly $54.99) and is available for pre-order here. Both the docks will begin shipping on July 12. Show Mode Charging Dock is also available bundled with a Fire HD 8 tablet starting at $109.98—a $10 savings, or bundled with a Fire HD 10 tablet starting at $189.98—a $15 savings.