Alexa comes to iOS via the Amazon shopping app
- Author: Arturo Norris Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 2:11
While its Echo devices are the foremost bearers of the Alexa voice assistant, it's showing up in an increasing number of third-party devices and even applications. Unlike Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)'s own digital assistant, Siri, Alexa has simple accessibility which involves the opening of the Amazon iOS app to turn it on.
Pressing this will activate the digital PA, letting you ask for news headlines, traffic information, or even make purchases through Amazon.
How does Alexa work on iOS devices?.
If you want to wake Alexa up, all you have to do is to tap the microphone icon on top of the Amazon app. Simply press it to activate Alexa.
The search for products by shoppers using the Amazon app will be through vocal commands. In addition to shopping, a user can ask Alexa questions, stream Kindle books or music, or control Alexa-integrated smart home devices. Amazon Prime memebrs also get access to music included in their prime subscriptions.
They do all tell some pretty lousy jokes, though, if you're in the market for that sort of thing. Sorry Android users; Amazon has yet to roll out Alexa for you.
Apparently, Google Home is known to be better at answering questions compared to Alexa.
Starting today, Alexa is rolling out to the Amazon iOS app for all users.
Talking about the limitations, according to the company, users won't be able to use the door lock feature just yet.
Alexa is coming to Siri's home turf.
That's not all that could prevent you from making use of the impressive new features either.
Developers with a published Alexa skill can now apply for a $100 AWS promotional credit, and can get another $100 every month, which basically means it's now free to build and host most of Alexa skills. Currently, the update is rolling out to iOS users only this week with users in the U.S. first getting the taste.