Alexa will now send SMS messages that you dictate, to recipients with an Android phone

You can now ask Amazon's virtual personal assistant Alexa to send an SMS message that you dictate. This requires a quick adjustment to the Alexa app on your phone. Open the app and head into the Conversations tab. From there, you go to Contacts > My Profile > Send SMS. After this is completed and SMS messages are enabled, you can tell Alexa to "send a message" to someone on your contacts list.

If the recipient of said message owns an Echo, he/she will receive it through Amazon’s Alexa messaging service. If the person getting the message doesn't own an Amazon smart speaker, it will be sent using SMS. If you ask Alexa to "send a text message," it will automatically be sent via SMS right away. Keep in mind that because Apple does not share its messaging API to third parties, this feature will send SMS messages to Android phones only.

The feature is now available on any device that offers Alexa calling and messaging. What if you don't own a device that features Alexa? In that case, you can always send SMS messages that you dictate, through Google Assistant.

source: TechCrunch

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7 Comments

1. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Interesting, but I wouldn't buy one of these. It is listening all the time and that is creepy. Already have siri who does that :D

4. cmdacos

Posts: 3974; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They all listen all the time for their hotword, just like Siri. Don't be blind.

6. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

You have a mobile device so it can listen to you as well. Sweet dreams! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGUR6kao9ys

3. surethom

Posts: 1635; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

This is great, Google is so slow in developing, calling is still not even available in the UK on Google home never mind sms.

5. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

I tried this on my Echo last night. The voice to text is lacking (that, or I didn't speak clearly enough) but it also linked the audio to the text message so that's a nice addition.

7. KickRocks

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Awesome, love all of my Alexa devices.

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