Amazon’s Echo Show 10 (3rd generation) added support for Zoom and Amazon Chime, with the intelligent face tracking display becoming much more useful in the process. Launched earlier this year, the newest – and so far the biggest – Echo Show has a motorized base that can rotate its 10-inch screen so it’s always facing you.
This is useful if you are interacting with Alexa and have information on the screen or, in fact, if you are watching Amazon Prime Video or Netflix while cooking. However, the real advantage comes during video calls, where the ability to move and know that you are framed correctly can be a great advantage – primarily to help prevent the WFH video call from running out.
The problem was that when the 3rd generation Echo Show 10 was launched, it did not have support for so many video call services. As we noted in our review, you would have calls from Amazon Alexa and Skype.
Zoom is now being added. You can say commands like “Alexa, join my meeting” or “Alexa, join my Zoom meeting”, and Echo Show 10 will start the call automatically. This is assuming that you linked your calendar in the Alexa app first, and that your Zoom call – and your meeting ID and password – are saved in the calendar entry.
Likewise, Amazon Chime is also being supported. Launched in early 2017, it is Amazon’s teleconferencing platform designed to take on rivals like Skype for Business. It promises HD video and high quality audio for individual and group video calls.
As with Zoom, you can say “Alexa, join my Chime meeting” and – if your schedule is linked – have the video call automatically load on the smart display.
If you have an Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd generation), it must be updated automatically to support the latest software. This usually happens during the night, when there is a reasonable chance that you will not want to interact with Alexa, although you can also request an update manually via the smart display settings.
As for linking your calendar, you can do this through the Alexa app for iOS and Android. Go to Settings, Calendar, and Email, and you’ll find options to link your Google, Microsoft, Apple, or Microsoft Exchange calendar to Amazon’s assistant.