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Amazon Echo Tap gets hands-free mode, is officially a portable Echo

by Todd Haselton | February 9, 2017February 9, 2017 12:30 pm PDT

The Amazon Echo Tap has always existed as a sort of less-powerful version of the Echo and Echo Dot. It’s perfect for bringing an Alexa along with you on the go but, until now, you had to tap the device and manually bring up Alexa. That was kind of annoying and took a bit of the magic away from Amazon’s AI. Now you don’t need to tap at all.

Amazon announced on Thursday that Amazon Echo Tap owners can now bring up Alexa simply by speaking her name, just as they would on any other Echo device. That makes this product so much more desirable, since now it’s basically a portable Echo.

How to enable Alexa wake on the Echo Dot

Amazon said customers can enable hands-free mode in the Alexa App by selecting a wake word. Just keep in mind that you’ll need a Wi-Fi connection for this to work, but given that most smartphones can provide one now, chances are you’ll have one wherever you go. It also supports ESP, which means if it’s in the same house as other Echo units, only the closest one to you will answer.

Amazon said Echo Tap owners can expect up to 8 hours of battery life, but recommends putting the device into sleep mode when it’s not in use to ensure longevity.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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