The Amazon Echo Show 8 is pretty dated now. The first generation came out in 2017, while the brand released the Show 8 with an 8-inch display in 2019.
Alexa can show you even more – 8” HD touchscreen, adaptive color, and stereo speakers bring entertainment to life. Make video calls with a 13 MP camera that uses auto-framing to keep you centered.
Since then, Amazon has brought out the Echo Show 10 and Echo Show 15. But it seems like Amazon did not forget about the Echo Show 8. It has just got the latest conversation mode upgrade!
Do not know what conversation mode is? Well, in December 2021, the feature first came to light on the Amazon Echo Show 10 3rd Generation.
And with this mode, Amazon is trying to make Alexa more user-friendly and easy to use. Basically, with devices that have the conversation mode, you can give voice commands to Alexa without needing to say the wake word.
For that reason, giving voice commands to Alexa feels more natural. So, how does it work on the Amazon Echo Show 8? Well, the upgrade will not get activated automatically.
Instead, you will need to carry out an initial setup. First, wake the device up by saying the wake word, which is “Alexa” by default. Then, you will need to say “join the conversation” or “turn on Conversation Mode.” That’s it!
With just that two simple steps, everyone that is in your home can give voice commands to the Amazon Echo show 8 without needing to say the wake word.
But how do you know if the mode is activated or not? Well, when the Amazon Echo show 8 has the conversation mode enabled, you will see a solid blue border around the screen. That will confirm that the mode is activated for your Amazon Echo show 8.
So, will amazon listen to you or take videos and images of you all the time after enabling the mode? Not really, According to the announcement, videos and images will not be recorded or sent to the cloud server of Amazon after you turn the mode on.
However, Amazon will record the direct requests, which you can delete by going to Review Voice History in the Privacy Settings of Alexa.
Nonetheless, the conversation mode is not at full fledge on Amazon Echo show 8. There is a limitation in terms of language support. According to Amazon Customer Service, you will only be capable of using the mode in English. And there is no word whether the mode will have support for other languages or not.
Furthermore, there is no word regarding worldwide availability. Conversation Mode for the Echo Show 10 is only available for the USA at the moment.
And considering the fact the Echo Show 8 will only have English language support, there is a high chance that it will also stick in the USA.
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This post was last updated on 2023-03-20 / Some images from Amazon Product API & some links may be affiliate links which may earn us a commission from purchases.