Amazon launches Alexa Show Mode, turning your PC into an Echo Show-like display exclusively on select Lenovo™ Windows 10 PCs

Smitha Mysore Lokesh May 04, 2021
Alexa Voice Service News

Today, Amazon released Show Mode, a voice-first, interactive Alexa experience for PCs, exclusively on select Lenovo Yoga™, IdeaPad™ and ThinkPad™ Windows 10 devices. Show Mode automatically turns your Lenovo PC into a smart display at no additional cost, so you can ask Alexa to show you trending news stories, listen to music or set a timer from across the room. From convertible laptops to notebooks, the rich, responsive visuals adapt seamlessly to different Lenovo PC form factors. Show Mode brings new life to PCs by allowing users to do more with their PC, even when they step away from it. Just say, “Alexa, open Show Mode,” or click on the ‘Show Mode’ button in the Alexa app on your PC to get started.

Show Mode supports many of your favorite Alexa features so you can ask for information on a wide range of topics, try popular recipes, play games, set reminders, create to-do lists, ask Alexa to read your favorite audiobook from Audible, and more.  Plus, customers can easily control compatible smart home devices, or use Drop In to instantly check-in with approved contacts with just their voice. Alexa for PC utilizes the PC’s stunning graphics, large displays, high quality microphones, and processing power to deliver a rich, immersive customer experience. Alexa for PC in Show Mode allows users to get more utility out of their PC even when the PC is inactive. With the ‘set it and forget it’ Alexa experience in Show Mode, users can talk to Alexa on a large screen display without having to either be in front of their PC at all times or reach for their phone to get things done. With more than 100,000 skills, Alexa can help you get more out of the things you already love and discover new possibilities you've never imagined.


“We are excited to bring Alexa’s rich, visual ambient experience to PCs.” said Aaron Rubenson, Vice President Alexa Voice Service and Alexa Skills.  “Customers love the fact that Alexa is always accessible.  With Show Mode, Alexa is helping make PCs more versatile and adaptive, enabling richer experiences throughout the home or wherever customers may take their PC.”


In collaboration with Amazon, Lenovo first announced Alexa Show Mode on PCs at CES 2021 on the flagship Lenovo Yoga Slim 9i laptop. By teaming with Amazon, Lenovo optimized the Show Mode experience with automatic enablement when the device is idle and improved acoustic quality and battery performance, taking advantage of the best-in-class hardware on Lenovo PCs. “Improving device simplicity and the user experience is at the heart of Lenovo’s customer-centric innovation culture. A voice-enabled interface will be a big part of that endeavor,” said Igor Bergman, Vice President of Cloud and Software, Intelligent Devices Group at Lenovo. “That’s why Lenovo is the first to bring to market Alexa Show Mode on PCs. By enabling Show Mode on Lenovo PCs, we are providing customers with a highly versatile user experience on a natural and convenient interface.”


Show Mode is designed with privacy in mind. To learn more about how Alexa and Echo devices are designed to protect your privacy, visit the Alexa Privacy Hub.


Show Mode is currently available exclusively on select Alexa Built-in Lenovo Yoga, IdeaPad and ThinkPad PCs with Windows 10 in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, India, Ireland, Austria, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Show Mode will become available on additional PC models later this year. Stay tuned for details!


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Amazon expands Alexa Show Mode, turning your PC into an Echo Show-like display, to compatible Windows 10 and 11 PCs

November 11, 2021

Today, Amazon announced the expansion of Show Mode, a voice-first, interactive Alexa experience for compatible Windows 10 and 11 PCs. Download the Alexa for PC app from the Microsoft Store or set up the pre-loaded app on your Alexa built-in PC to enable Show Mode on your PC. Previously, Lenovo users had exclusive access to Show Mode on their PCs. Now with a few quick easy steps, any compatible Windows 10 or 11 PC user can set up Show Mode on the app and say, “Alexa, open Show Mode” or walk away from the device and watch it magically turn into a smart display similar to an Echo Show when idle!

In addition to expanding the availability of Show Mode, Alexa in Show Mode not only supports all your favorite features, users can now customize and choose a specific PC idle time to automatically launch Show Mode. The idle time can be chosen while enabling the feature or via app settings at a later time. For example, users can now choose to launch Show Mode after 30 minutes of the PC being idle instead of default time of 4 minutes. Its just that easy to set up and customize!