Amazon enables a smart home Device Dashboard on some Fire tablets

Joanna Estrada
October 28, 2020

Adding onto the introduction of a whole bunch of new Echo devices, Amazon is also improving what its famously low-priced Fire Tablets can do.

The Smart Home button is easily accessible from any screen in the left corner of the navigation bar, including your lock screen. It's there where touch might be more convenient than voice, according to Amazon. Keep in mind Fire tablets and other Alexa devices have always been able to control smart home devices through spoken commands, so The Device Dashboard opens up more ways of controlling your smart home.

Amazon said you don't have to close your current app to access the Device Dashboard.

Amazon Fire tablets are incredibly cheap, and with Amazon's latest update have also become incredibly useful. The difference is Amazon's Fire tablets are portable, making today's update a pretty big deal, especially if you have a lot of Alexa-enabled smart home devices on your network. The fact was a bit under reported (Amazon, after all, started adding this functionality with previous Echo Plus models), but adding zigbee functionality for the $99 device should go a ways toward lowering that barrier of entry.

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