Amazon has been adding the ability to use voice commands in its mobile apps for a while. But, surprisingly, its taken until now for the company to include this functionality in the app that customers use to actually control Alexa features – the Alexa mobile app.
Now available, Alexa customers can now use the Alexa mobile app to tap and talk to enact Alexa’s features.
The capability has been available for Android already, but the capability has now been added to iOS users. Just tap the big blue Alexa icon at the bottom of the app and start issuing commands.
The first time the Alexa icon as tapped, the app will walk through a series of pages for information and to gain access required to function.
This still does not go far enough for some users who want the ability to replace Siri with Alexa. Android users on select handsets can choose Alexa as the default voice assistant, but Apple makes it much more difficult to do.
Additionally, once you enable Alexa capability in the app, a new “This Device” shows up in the app’s devices list.
Interestingly, there’s no way to turn Alexa interoperability in the app off if you wanted to, but also no settings for this feature.
Possibly even more interesting is that even the web version of the app (http://alexa.amazon.com) has a new “This Device” entry – indicating that Amazon may be adding this capability as an installable option to any PC soon.
If you want to have Alexa on a PC now, you might try the newly released Vicki skill and add-on.
Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Echo 2, Dot, Tap, Echo Spot, Echo Plus, Echo Show, Echo Look, Echo Connect, Dash Wand, Amazon Cloud Cam, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, in the Music app, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.
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