Lenovo and Amazon want to change the way they use Alexa on Windows 10 laptops.
Now roll out is Alexa show mode for the new ThinkPad, Ideapad and Yoga Lenovo laptops – an experience that can turn your PC into an Echo show-like display.
As the feature name suggests, Show Mode gives your Lenovo device a hands-free, full-screen, voice-enabled Alexa experience. It is not available at any additional cost in the Alexa app and can be called by saying “Alexa, Open Show Mode” or by clicking the Show Mode button in the Alexa app on the Lenovo PC.
With Show Mode turned on, you and your family can use your Lenovo device to play music, set reminders, and view upcoming events. You can ask for information on a wide range of topics, play games, read audiobooks, view recipes or highlight news. Some other features include smart home devices, as well as the ability to control Amazon’s “drop” feature, where you can check in on contacts with just your voice. Of course, you can also tap into any of Alexa’s 100,000 skills for other experiences.
Amazon said in a press release, “Users can talk to Alexa on the big screen, either being present in front of their PC at all times or accessing their phone.”
The facility was launched in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2019. Since then, Lenovo has worked with Amazon to ensure that show mode can work automatically when the device is idle. They also ensured that the battery, overall performance, and audio quality would be at the top. Show mode leverages the laptop’s far-field microphone to ensure Alexa can hear you clearly. It uses a laptop’s high-resolution display to ensure crisp and clean scenes.
Amazon states that the show mode is available on select Lenovo PCs in the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom, Canada and 10 other countries. You can find it on Lenovo’s flagship slim 9i laptop right now. Amazon plans to change the show mode to additional PC models later this year, but the timing is not certain.