The 2016 holiday season was a great time for both Amazon and the company’s voice AI, Alexa. Alexa devices won the season, with Amazon reporting that the Alexa Dot was a top seller. Amazon discounted its entry device to $39 over the holidays, making the Dot a very accessible and obtainable gift for family, friends, and even oneself.
Just prior to the 2016 holiday season, Amazon also delivered updates to its bevy of Android-infused tablets that included an Alexa client – similar to how Siri is embedded into iOS and Cortana into Windows 10 devices.
With Alexa becoming such a prominent AI, many (myself included) have been looking for the same Alexa-based functionality for non-Amazon devices like iPhones, iPads, and Android smartphones.
After much searching, I happened on Reverb.AI (by Rain Labs), an Alexa client for iOS, Android, and the web. Reverb.AI provides full Alexa functionality for iPhones, iPads, and Android, including the ability to login to your Amazon Alexa account to retrieve and retain your growing device and skills list. Using Reverb.AI, I have the full capability of controlling home devices, utilizing my chosen Alexa skills, just as if I was standing directly next to my Amazon Echo or Echo Dots.
Reverb.AI is available in client form (app) for iOS, MacOS, and Android. For other devices, like PCs, Reverb.AI works great in a web browser.
Here’s where to snag Reverb.AI:
- iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reverb.ai/id1144695621?mt=8
- MacOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reverb.ai/id1144697855?mt=12
- Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=agency.rain.android.alexa
- Web browser: http://reverb.ai/
Reverb does not support playing music because the Alexa API currently doesn’t allow use of Amazon Music in apps. Only hardware implementations are allowed to play Amazon Music.
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