Alexa comes to iPhone via Amazon app in latest update, no Echo required

An incoming update for the Amazon app for iOS will add the corporate’s Alexa voice assistant that was beforehand restricted to the customers of its Echo speaker and different Alexa-enabled .

Constructing on the app’s means to order utilizing your voice, Alexa will act as your assistant whereas procuring the Amazon app, permitting you to go looking and reorder gadgets, observe your orders, and extra. However it is going to additionally embrace a lot of the different performance Alexa has to supply.

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You’ll additionally have the ability to use Alexa inside the app to begin enjoying music from Amazon Music Limitless, Prime Music, or songs you’ve bought, in addition to open Kindle books, each of which current a brand new built-in media participant.

You’ll additionally have the ability to faucet into Alexa’s different smarts for getting information, climate and visitors data, and the flexibility to make use of Alexa Abilities and Good Residence options. These might be configured identical to Echo and different Alexa gadgets through the companion Alexa app: “Abilities are voice-driven capabilities that improve the performance of your Alexa-enabled system. Set expertise and Good Residence capabilities utilizing the Alexa app or on alexa.amazon.com.”

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VentureBeat notes that customers of Alexa through the Amazon iOS app at first gained’t have entry to the Door Lock API that means that you can unlock appropriate good door lock merchandise, however in any other case customers shall be getting a close to full-fledged Alexa expertise with no need to buy an Echo speaker or different system.

The replace shall be rolling out to some customers beginning in the present day and needs to be accessible to all by subsequent week. You possibly can obtain the newest model of the Amazon app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch on the App Store.

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