Thursday, 30 March, 2017

Alexa is invading the iPhone - but not in the way you'd hope

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Bessie Robbins | 18 March, 2017, 01:04

It is reported that Alexa is 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.

Alexa's covert infiltration of iOS devices comes courtesy of an update to the Amazon Shopping app, with the Amazon Echo smart speaker assistant now able to help with online purchases and issue Alexa commands. The decision to roll out Alexa inside its main shopping app won't require users to download another piece of software. You can control HomeKit-compatible devices with Siri in the same way that you can control Alexa-compatible devices with Amazon's assistant.

Apparently, Google Home is known to be better at answering questions compared to Alexa. It is also seen in voice-activated smart Bluetooth speaker Amazon Echo.

The Amazon app is designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and all iPad models. Users cannot only order things using voice command, but also get answer for nearly all queries. Siri, on the other hand, is something that was built exclusively keeping an iOS user in mind and is, therefore, more adept in making a complete set of tasks in comparison.

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An Amazon spokesperson said Alexa on the Amazon app will be available on Android devices but didn't give an exact date.

Inside of the Amazon App for iOS, there will be a microphone icon near the top of the screen that you can press to call up Alexa. This feature will also allow users to access Alexa's other functions and skills including information search and third-party skills. This week, the Seattle-based electronic and cloud computing company updated its official iOS app to add support for its AI assistant. Whilst that is an inconvenience for Alexa devotees, it's still a big triumph for Amazon to get Alexa onto a whole new platform.

Amazon says the feature begins rolling out today and should be available to all USA users by next week.

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