The Amazon Fire Tablet just got an upgrade that may revolutionise the way you use your Smart Home if you only use Alexa-compatible smart home gadgets.
What does the Device Dashboard work on?
On 27th October, Amazon announced that their new Device Dashboard which is an Amazon Fire Tablet exclusive is rolling out across the following devices:
- 2018 Fire HD 8
- 2019 Fire 7
- 2019 Fire HD 10
- 2020 Fire HD 8
If you have an Amazon-based Smart Home, the Amazon Fire Tablets Device Dashboard may be a perfect solution for you. You can wall mount your Fire Tablet, at their extremely cheap price, you’d be insane not to.
Whilst Amazon has been pushing its voice control devices with the new Echo Dot (4th Generation) and Echo Show 10, they know that not everyone wants to control everything by phone or pull out their Smart Phone.
The Device Dashboard may seem like a backwards step in their vision, but really it just opens a whole new world of Smart Home Control.
You can find the new Smart Home Device Dashboard in the top left of your Fire Tablets navigation bar.
A convenient way to control smart home products that work with Alexa, such as smart lights, cameras, thermostats, switches, and plugsAmazon
Due to the new Smart Home Dashboard being an in-built feature, you’ll find that it doesn’t close out of any apps you currently have open and it can be accessed from any screen.
How do I access the Fire Tablet Device Dashboard?
The process is very simple, from the top left of your Amazon Fire Tablet, you want to select the new Smart Home Button.
If you’re not able to see the new Device Dashboard you may be running a software version that is too old and you should update your Fire Tablet.
I did have an issue with my tablet not allowing me to turn it on, this was due to having added Google Play to my Tablet, this isn’t great, but if all you’re going to use it for is a Wall Controller, it’s fantastic.