The retail giant has revealed that its digital voice assistant will be featured on iPhones all over the world through an update to its main application, Amazon App.
Users can tap the microphone icon at the upper right corner of the screen to activate Alexa. Once launched, the voice agent should be able to handle all the requests as if they were given through the Echo line of speakers. This includes shopping, listening to music from Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music or audiobooks through Kindle library, asking Alexa a question or utilizing one of its many skills for smart home management.
So far, Alexa cannot be used as a standalone assistant as users need to open the Amazon app every time to use it. This means Siri will still be available as the primary or go-to assistant on iOS. While this is not the first time Alexa appears on Apple’s OS, it’s the first time it coming directly from Amazon. It will be interesting to see how Amazon proceeds with the further integration of Alexa into both iOS and Android.
Speaking of Android, there is no word as of yet if the update will be coming to the platform as well. Currently, the update is rolling out to iOS users only this week with users in the USA first getting the taste.
The move to update its native app for Alexa’s iOS integration comes just a few days after Amazon opened up the assistant’s platform for developers to build and host most Alexa skills using Amazon Web Services. There are already over 10,000 skills featured in Skills center on Amazon’s homepage.
“There is already a large community of incredibly engaged developers building skills for Alexa,” commented Steve Rabuchin, vice president of Amazon Alexa. “We’re excited to announce a new programme that will free up developers to create more robust and unique skills that can take advantage of AWS services. We can’t wait to see what developers create for Alexa.”
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