Amazon finally added a good slideshow feature to the Echo Show

Amazon Echo Present good shows have by no means been nearly as good as Google’s Nest Hub or a devoted digital picture body for doing one factor effectively: displaying your footage. It is because Amazon clutters up the display screen with questionably helpful data and alternates your fairly footage with options for the newest Alexa talent you may wish to strive, a recipe for egg salad, or a information tidbit a few tomato formed like a duck.

However as of August fifth, now you can command your Echo Present or Hearth TV to indicate you simply your footage and nothing else for a complete three hours.

Amazon’s digital picture body characteristic, beforehand solely out there on the Echo Present 15, is now on all Echo good shows and Hearth TVs within the US, the UK, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain, and Australia.

Simply say “Alexa, begin Photograph Body,” and also you’ll get a clutter-free, three-hour slideshow that includes your Amazon Pictures, Fb images, or a group of inventory photographs. (If you wish to know tips on how to get your images to indicate up in these albums, learn my article on tips on how to use your Echo Present as a digital picture body.)

Crucially, this new Photograph Body mode hides all advertisements and calendar and climate notifications to develop into a photo-only slideshow. The one seen textual content is a small dateline within the backside proper displaying when the image was taken and which album it’s from.

You possibly can select which albums the Photograph Body mode makes use of within the system settings for the Echo Present or Hearth TV within the Alexa app. Scroll right down to Photograph Show and select from Every day Reminiscences, This Day, Favorites, Recents, and different choices that pull out of your Amazon Pictures account. You can too join a Fb account right here or add photographs out of your smartphone or pill.

Photograph Body makes it straightforward to start out a slideshow with out having to recollect a selected album title and with out seeing the identical photographs repeating again and again. It’s additionally a nicer method to see your images displayed on an Echo Present than on the usual homescreen, the place a big clock takes up 1 / 4 of the image, and you continue to get the occasional advert for an Alexa service interrupting the circulation; irrespective of how lots of the over 30 homescreen content material selections you toggle off within the system’s settings.

The one actual frustration now’s why it’s going to solely do that for 3 hours earlier than reverting to the knowledge overload of the usual homescreen. Simply allow us to have the choice to depart it on completely.