Announced back in September, group video calls are coming to Amazon’s Echo devices starting today. The new feature allows up to seven users to join an audio or video call on devices like the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show, and it’s available in Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the US, and the UK.
Amazon Echo owners can use Alexa to give voice commands to start or join group calls and add contacts into groups. For now, the Alexa app can only be used to create and name groups, but Amazon says it will soon allow it to add adult contacts into groups, and friends and family will have to opt in to be part of group calls. Without the Alexa app supporting group calling, the only inconvenience is that you have to own an Echo device.
Like many video calls providers that have lifted any time limitation on calls, Amazon also offers limitless calls. So this new feature could be a good alternative to Zoom and Google Meet, as soon as the Alexa app can fully support it.
Because of the global health situation, governments all around the world are urging people not to visit many friends and relatives during the holidays. So it’s perfect timing for this new feature, perhaps coming in aid if you’re organizing an online family Christmas dinner.