Amazon’s Alexa devices just added a new convenience, provided you use an Android phone.
Amazon hasn’t slowed down making the Amazon Alexa offerings even more convenient. Just a short while ago they added the ability to have Alexa on your phone through the Alexa app, meaning you don’t even need an Amazon device in order to enjoy the services. Now, you can use Alexa to send text messages, as long as you have an Android phone.
In order to use this function, first open the Alexa app on your Android phone. Next, head to conversations tab. You shall see a notice that tells you about the new option to send SMS messages. Click OK and toggle on the option to send SMS messages. Next, grant the app permission, and you’re ready to go. You can now send your contacts SMS messages via your Amazon Echo, Dot, Show, or Spot. The messages will be send from your phone using your regular SMS services. You can also do it directly from the app on your phone. But why would you want to do that? Well, there may just be a reason.
Amazon’s software is amazingly good at voice recognition, and so far has nailed every text message I’ve sent with no mistakes. But in the event that something goes haywire, messages sent through the app and devices come with a special surprise. A link, which if pressed, allows the receiver to hear the recording of you speaking the message which you sent.
For now, the service is only available in the US, but will be rolling out to more markets in the future. As for iPhone users? No dice pal. Apple doesn’t allow third parties access to the necessary API’s. So if iPhone users wish to use the full convenience of their Alexa assistants, it’s time to upgrade to Android.
Source: Tom’s Guide