Amazon’s Echo Show 10 is a great gadget for the ability to move with you while streaming videos and calling friends and family. But for a smart screen if the whole reason for being its support for these uses, Echo Show was missing a great app that was used universally during the pandemic: Zoom.
When Gizmodo went through Ekko-show 10 last month, a spokesman at the time said support for Zoom “is coming soon.” That support has finally arrived, making a good device pretty good. Customers with third-generation Echo Show 10 can now ask Alexa to join Zoom or Amazon Chime meetings using commands such as, “Alexa, join my meeting,” “Alexa, join my Zoom meeting” or “Alexa, join the Amazon Chime meeting.”
Echo Show 10 can start meetings hands-free when your calendar is connected through the Alexa app (which also works to support some other services like music caps). Amazon says that the voice assistant “automatically starts the scheduled meeting completely hands-free without the need for a meeting ID or password – just confirm the meeting title you want to join.”
Zoom had been a big blind spot on the device given how it is meant to be used, so support on Echo Show 10 is welcome. However, the only other major flaw on the device was support for a larger number of streaming apps.
A dedicated YouTube app, for example, will be an absolute minimum addition to Echo Show 10’s current limited selection of streaming apps, which include Food Network Kitchen, Happy TV, Hulu, NBC, Netflix, Prime Video, Redbull TV and Tubi. Currently it is available via a web browser, but a dedicated app will be useful for things like continuing where you left off a video.
At the very least, you can now call your family using the lock video –optional conference app.