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

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Amazon Echo Show smart displays never been as good as Google’s Nest Hub or a devotee digital photo frame to do one thing well: show off your photos. This is because Amazon clutters the screen with questionably useful information and alternates your pretty photos with suggestions for the latest Alexa skill you might want to try, an egg salad recipe, or a news report about a tomato in the shape of a duck.

But as of August 5, you can now command your Echo Show to only show you your photos and nothing else for a whole three hours.

Amazon’s digital photo frame function, previously only available on the Echo Show 15, is now 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 with your Amazon photos, Facebook photos, or a collection of stock images. (If you​​​​​​want to know how to display your photos in these albums, read my article on How to use your Echo Show as a digital photo frame.)

Crucially, this new Photo Frame mode hides all ads and calendar and weather notifications to become a photo-only slideshow. The only visible text is a small date line at the bottom right that shows when the photo was taken and what album it is from.

The Photo Frame mode removes the digital clock and weather and simply includes a date line for the image.
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You can choose which albums Photo Frame mode uses in the device settings for the Echo Show in the Alexa app. Scroll down to Photo Display and choose from Daily Memories, This Day, Favorites, Recents, and other options that pull 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 remembering a specific album name and without seeing the same images over and over again. It’s also a nicer way to see your photos displayed on an Echo Show than on the standard home screen, where a big clock takes up a quarter of the photo, and you still get an ad for an Alexa service that’ t interrupt the flow; no matter how many of the more than 30 home screen content choices you disable in the device’s settings.

The only real frustration now is why it will only do this for three hours before reverting to the information overload of the default home screen. Let’s just have the option to leave it on permanently.

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

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