Amazon's Alexa is coming to your iPhone

Mar 18, 2017, 01:06
Amazon's Alexa is coming to your iPhone

The virtual assistant can also spell, define words, complete conversions, and make simple calculations. iOS users can use Alexa Skills and leverage its smart home functions as well as check news, weather and traffic real time.

Look out, Siri: You no longer need an Echo, Echo Dot, or a Tap to use Amazon's voice assistant, as it's now available on iOS devices.

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced promotional credits for Alexa developers to build and host most Alexa skills using Amazon Web Services (AWS) promotional credits for Alexa developers to build and host most Alexa skills using Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Though Amazon already has an Alexa for iOS app, it's more of a companion application for Alexa-supported devices. This icon is dedicated to Alexa, so users have to press it to summon the AI assistant.

Alexa is clearly Amazon's way of challenging Siri, but it's also a way for the company to make its digital assistant available to even more people. This gives iOS users access to Alexa's many features anywhere, anytime.

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The only downside of this integration is that you have to launch the Amazon app every single time if you want Alexa to kick off a query of some kind. The company is working with the likes of Ford and BMW for integrating Alexa for smart cars.

With that being said, the Amazon app is a quick and easy way to turn your iPhone into an "Echo" if you can put up with the downsides.

Using the app's current microphone button, which is available to the right of the search bar, users can make almost any type of Alexa request.

If Alexa has been fully enabled, the screen will also have a dark transparency, but instead of a microphone icon, you'll see a thin blue band at the bottom. However, this is quite a unsafe move, since Apple already uses Siri, which is preferred by most users. Instead you can just open up the app. Alexa in the app will also continue getting better. Now Amazon is trying to get users on all platforms to embrace Alexa in the same way.

Amazon said the feature began rolling out today, and should be available to all users within the USA by sometime next week.