5 surprising seasons the Echo Show smart display will seriously upgrade your Alexa experience

5 surprising seasons the Echo Show smart display will seriously upgrade your Alexa experience

Katherine Prescott, founder VoiceBrew


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  • Over the summer, Amazon released the all-new Echo Show 5 smart display. Priced at $90 (and often on sale for less), it’s the first smart display released by Amazon or Google priced at under $100.
  • Here are 5 surprising ways the Alexa experience is so much richer when Alexa can show you things on a screen.

Alexa is Amazon’s virtual assistant and comes built into Echo smart speakers and smart displays. There are so many great everyday Alexa uses, especially with an Echo Show smart display.

Whether your Echo Show sits in the kitchen, ready with recipe instructions, or on the nightstand acting as an alarm clock with your customized video Alexa flash briefing, the addition of the Echo Show’s visual output makes the Alexa experience more powerful.

#1. Echo Show displays karaoke-style song lyrics — so you can listen and sing along!

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When you listen to songs via Amazon Music, the Alexa Echo Show will display the lyrics in true karaoke sing-a-long fashion. It will even highlight in blue the lyric it’s currently playing so you’ll know exactly what to sing when! This is definitely one of the best Alexa music hacks.

How?Alexa, play Blank Space by Taylor Swift on Amazon Music!”

Pro Tip: Remember, you’ll only see lyrics displayed if you’re listening to a song via Amazon Music. If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get access to 2 million songs for free. If you don’t have Prime, you can still listen to Amazon Music playlists and stations for free, but you’ll have to listen to a few ads as well.

Katherine Prescott is the founder of VoiceBrew, the first-ever digital media company focused on helping people get the most out of Alexa.

#3. Create your own custom news program with video flash briefings


Ever wish you could tune into a news program that only gave you the stories you’re looking for? With an Alexa Echo Show, you can! All you have to do is queue up your favorite video Alexa flash briefings.

An Alexa flash briefing is a bite-sized news update, and they’re available from almost every outlet — and on almost every topic — you can think of. Many of the big news outlet flash briefings also include video.

It’s easy to add as many flash briefings as you’d like from your favorite outlets to your personalized flash briefing list. With flash briefings, you can queue up the news from your favorite outlets just like you’d queue up your favorite songs on a playlist.

How? Take a few minutes to add your favorite flash briefings to your personalized flash briefing list. Then just say Alexa, play my flash briefing” to hear and see the news played on your Echo Show.

Pro Tip #1: Looking for inspiration on where to start with flash briefings? Check out a few of our favorite video flash briefings here.

Pro Tip #2: Add your Alexa flash briefing to a morning Alexa

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