Today Amazon announced that you can turn your PC into a kind of Echo Show, but only if you have a number of “select Lenovo Windows 10 PCs. Select Lenovo Yoga, IdeaPad and ThinkPad Windows 10 Pcs can now act as a Amazon smart display using Amazon’s ‘Show Mode’ “so you can ask Alexa to show you trending news stories, listen to music or set a timer from across the room.”
How to enter Show Mode
- Install Amazon’s Alexa app for Windows 10
- Sign into your Amazon account and complete setup for Alexa
- Now that you have the Alexa app setup, just say “Alexa, open Show Mode,” or click on the ‘Show Mode’ button in the Alexa app on your PC to get started.
Show Mode supports many of your favorite Alexa features so you can ask for information on a wide range of topics, try popular recipes, play games, set reminders, create to-do lists, ask Alexa to read your favorite audiobook from Audible, and more. Plus, customers can easily control compatible smart home devices, or use Drop In to instantly check-in with approved contacts with just their voice. Alexa for PC utilizes the PC’s stunning graphics, large displays, high quality microphones, and processing power to deliver a rich, immersive customer experience. Alexa for PC in Show Mode allows users to get more utility out of their PC even when the PC is inactive. With the ‘set it and forget it’ Alexa experience in Show Mode, users can talk to Alexa on a large screen display without having to either be in front of their PC at all times or reach for their phone to get things done. With more than 100,000 skills, Alexa can help you get more out of the things you already love and discover new possibilities you’ve never imagined.
“We are excited to bring Alexa’s rich, visual ambient experience to PCs.” said Aaron Rubenson, Vice President Alexa Voice Service and Alexa Skills. “Customers love the fact that Alexa is always accessible. With Show Mode, Alexa is helping make PCs more versatile and adaptive, enabling richer experiences throughout the home or wherever customers may take their PC.”
Show Mode is currently available exclusively on select Alexa Built-in Lenovo Yoga, IdeaPad and ThinkPad PCs with Windows 10 in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, India, Ireland, Austria, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Show Mode will become available on additional PC models later this year. Stay tuned for details!