Amazon launches Alexa calling and messaging through tablets

For the price of an Alexa smart plug, you get four different power outlets that can each be individually controlled using Alexa. Once you've synced your contacts in the Alexa App, just ask Alexa to place a call.

Even though you probably won't use Alexa to make calls from your tablets, this is still kind of a big deal.

Today, however, in what is surely an attempt to clear the last remaining stock, you can now pick up one of these Ghost replica Bluetooth speakers for under £23 - a damn sight cheaper than they were at the end of a year ago. That not only includes Amazon's own Fire tablets, but also Android tablets and Apple's iPad lineup as well.

Alexa calling, the feature that lets users place voice and video calls from Alexa devices, like the Echo, is now coming to tablets. I guess you can say that Amazon has introduce intercom inside you home, am I right?

To enable this new set of features, users will need the newest version of the Alexa app.

So from now on, you can keep in touch with basically anyone who has the Alexa app installed on their device.

Amazon's digital assistant, Alexa, who, thanks to her artificial intelligence, answers questions and receives orders from users, shows odd symptoms - which refer to parapsychological thrillers - as she suddenly starts without a reason to laugh in a frightening way it can freeze the blood. If you'd prefer to chat face to face, you can also ask Alexa to make a video call or simply hit the "Video" button in the in-app Contacts menu. Not just Amazon's Fire-branded tablets, but any and all compatible Android tablets and iPads.

Vanessa Coleman