Amazon’s new feature turns your Echo Show into a better digital photo frame


Amazon Echo Show smart displays have never been better than Google’s Nest Hub or a dedicated digital photo frame at doing one thing well: showing off your photos. Indeed, Amazon clutters the screen with dodgy information and alternates your pretty pictures with suggestions for the latest Alexa skill you’d like to try, an egg salad recipe or information about a duck-shaped tomato.

But starting August 5, you can now order your Echo Show to show you only your photos and nothing else for three whole hours.

Amazon’s Digital Picture Frame feature, previously only available on the Echo Show 15, is now available on all Echo smart displays in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Italy , Spain and Australia.

Just say “Alexa, start Photo Frame” and you’ll get a clutter-free three-hour slideshow showcasing your Amazon Photos, Facebook Photos, or stock image collection. (If you want to know how to get your photos to appear in these albums, read my article on using your Echo Show as a digital photo frame.)

Basically, this new Photo Frame mode hides all calendar and weather announcements and notifications to become a photo slideshow only. The only visible text is a small date line in the lower right indicating when the photo was taken and which album it is from.

Photo Frame mode removes the digital clock and weather and just includes a date line for the image.
Image: Amazon

You can choose which albums Photo Frame Mode uses in Device Settings for the Echo Show in the Alexa app. Scroll down to Photo View and choose from Daily Memories, Today, Favorites, Recents, and other options pulled from your Amazon Photos account. You can also connect a Facebook account here or upload images from your smartphone or tablet.

Photo Frame makes it easy to start a slideshow without having to remember a specific album name and seeing the same images repeat over and over again. It’s also a better way to see your photos displayed on an Echo Show than on the standard home screen, where a large clock takes up a quarter of the image, and you still get the occasional ad for an interrupting Alexa service. the flow ; no matter how many of the 30+ home screen content choices you disable in device settings.

The only real frustration now is why it will only do this for three hours before reverting to the information overload of the standard home screen. Just give us the option to leave it on all the time.

Correction on August 11, 7:52 p.m. ET: Due to incorrect information provided by Amazon, a previous version of this article stated that the Photo Frame feature would now be available on Fire TVs. It’s only on Echo Show devices. Also, the feature is available in Germany and not in Denmark.


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