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Hi there, thanx for your wonderful post.
I have one or two questions, and hope you may help me.
I bought an echo show for my mother. Is it mandatory that she has a smarthphone with the alexa app installed? Or can I do what is needed thru my smartphone? She has a basic phone that reads and writes text messages and makes calls.

I still can't understand how the echo show system works.. Does it rely on gmail for the contacts? On what does it rely if not google? How is the identification of each echo show device made? I just cant solve this puzzle in my head.
Thanx in advance