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Alexa Skill of the Week: ChitChat

Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.

Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Dot, Tap, Echo Show, Echo Look, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.

This week’s skill: ChitChat

Description: ChitChat is a cross platform chat service that enables you to chat with other platforms such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, iOS or Android devices.

Real world use: Amazon’s recently added Calling and Messaging feature is just early days, as it continues to cause some confusion for those that try to use it. Don’t get me wrong – it works – there’s just certain pieces of it that aren’t quite there yet. For example, you can’t block certain people from messaging you, and the contacts list doesn’t update very easily. But, Amazon is working on those things and I suspect much will be ironed out just prior to the official ship date of its new Echo Show device (June 28).

In the interim, there are some better options for messaging friends. One of those is the ChitChat Message app. The app runs on Android and iOS, but support has now also been added for Alexa and Google Home. This enables Alexa users to connect, communicate, and deliver voice messages across platforms. It’s also not as difficult to setup and use as the current iteration of Alexa’s capability.  Just download the app, create an account, add some contacts, and enable the Alexa skill.

Where to get it: You can locate the ChitChat Skill in the Amazon Alexa app, enable it using your voice, or use the following web link: ChitChat

iOS app: ChitChat Message

Android app: ChitChat Message

 


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