Amazon brings Alexa to your smartphone, but it won't replace your smart speaker

Amazon brings Alexa to your smartphone, but it won't replace your smart speaker
Amazon isn't making it easier for Google to monopolize the personal digital assistant market. The US giant has just rolled out a small but important update to the Alexa app for Android devices.

The update enables the vocal commands for the Alexa app, which was a mere tool to manage settings for the Echo smart speaker and other similar devices until now. With the latest version of Alexa, Android users will be able to speak to their smartphones and trigger Alexa skills, play music or even send messages.

However, you can only take advantage of voice commands if the Alexa application is opened on the smartphone. The app does work with the hotword “Alexa,” but you can shout the word at your phone as long as you want, if the Alexa app is closed, you won't be able to use it.

According to Amazon, the update is slowly rolling out to all compatible Android devices in the next few days. An iOS version will be released soon as well, but a timeline hasn't been specified yet.

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4 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

"One day the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons on the plains of Africa. An upright ape living in dust with crude language and tools, all set for extinction." Just watched Ex-Machina last night. What a masterpiece. Lots of memorable quotes. The one above is just one example. Well... I shall try the app as it sounds quite intriguing! G'Day!

3. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Great movie indeed.

4. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Do you look at the Universe who created you with nothing less than admiration ?

5. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Amazon Alexa app is useless unless owns also Echo device. Can't do anys**t with the app. If release an app, at least let peoples try it out the Alexa AI like Google Assistant that works without owning Google Home devices.

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