There are times when it is just too much effort to pick up a tablet and catch up on the news, and Amazon’s Echo household assistant is here to help.
I can’t see where this feature is specifically mentioned on the Amazon website, but they’re saying that Echo owners can have it read the top news headlines on a given subject:
The Echo isn’t going to read the full articles or provide any kind of in-depth explanation, but when someone is busy around the house, for example, and just wants to get the general idea of what’s happening within a certain category, headlines can be enough to get the gist.
If it is actually reading the text headlines to you (and not simply playing snippets of radio announces from the iHeart Radio app) then this is a huge step towards my holy grail of getting the Echo to read Kindle ebooks to you.
This is the kind of feature I have been anticipating ever since Amazon announced the Echo SDK in March, but the closest it has come to reciting ebooks aloud is in that it can play Audible audiobooks. That feature was added in June 2015.
Did you get a notice about the update? What other features were added?