Amazon Fire HD 8: Show mode with Alexa soon available in France?

We presented to you, last week, the whole new tablet Amazon Fire HD 8. Arrived in our lab yesterday, she was quick to reveal her first secrets to us. If the experience is quite pleasant, as we will explain it to you shortly, we discovered during our tests some processes " mysterious " on the operating system Fire OS which, in our opinion, herald the imminent arrival of a feature eagerly awaited by French users of the voice assistant Alexa : the Show mode. Decryption!

Fire HD 8: the Show mode already present on the French version

Do you know serendipity? According to Wikipedia, it's about the "Conjunction of happy chance which allows the researcher to make an unexpected discovery of importance or of greater interest than the object of his initial research". And that's a bit like what just happened to us by dissecting the Fire HD 8 tablet to tell you more about it ...

Indeed, during our tests, the application Amazon Kindle suddenly didn't want to shut down, leaving a notification in the drop-down pane that we couldn't clear. Never mind, we went to the task manager to "Killer" the process. Out of curiosity, we then activated the button "Show system processes", just to go through them a bit.

And there, surprise, several system processes testify to the imminent arrival ofAlexa on the French version of the Fire HD 8:

  • Cards Alexa : logically, it should allow the display of maps Alexa, the information that appears on the screen when you ask for the weather forecast, etc ...
  • Video player Alexa : a fairly clear name which suggests that our voice assistant will allow us to play videos!
  • Show mode: this process leaves no doubt. The new Fire HD 8 should use this famous mode which allows, in a way, to transform your tablet into an Echo Show.
  • Switch Mode: appointed com.amazon.alexa.modeswitch, this process could be used to switch the Fire HD tablets to Show mode ...

Obviously, these are only guesses, we have no information ofAmazon allowing us to affirm that this mode will arrive very soon. Nevertheless, this remains more than likely knowing that our German neighbors are lucky to have this mode active on the Fire HD 8 as well as on an additional model: the tablet Fire HD 8 Plus with dock which allows you to switch it to Show mode. There is therefore little doubt that the French version will also benefit soon.

The Fire HD 8 Plus soon available in France?

Again, we have no idea, but everything suggests that the new Fire HD 8 Plus should no longer delay enriching the range ofdevices with Alexa integrated available in France. But what does this model offer?

More powerful than its little sister, the tablet Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus offers 3 GB of RAM instead of 2 GB and exists in two versions with 32 or 64 GB storage expandable up to 1 TB via micro-SD card. In addition to a faster charge (4 hours instead of 5), it also offers the possibility of induction charging and therefore wireless.

But, what will be of most interest to users ofAlexa is undoubtedly its dock. A concept that we had already seen across the Atlantic and which makes it possible to directly switch the tablet to Show mode by putting it on. It therefore becomes a kind of 8-inch mobile Echo Show offering a number of applications that are sorely lacking on our connected screens. Alexa. Suffice to say that it should have some success!

Fascinated by Alexa since the day I received it in beta test, I gradually became passionate about the subject, before deciding to go further by creating a site with Jean-Christophe. An activity that allows me to quench my thirst for new technologies and share my discoveries about the nicest of communities: Les Alexiens.