Alexa app update adds full Alexa voice interactions


The free app - available from the Amazon store - will provide hourly updates and also sends pictures of wanted and missing people to the user's smart device. Previously, Alexa was available only on certain phones such as the HTC U11 and the Huawei Mate 9 as a pre-loaded service. This is because Alexa has essentially been baked into the app so it can pretty much do what any Alexa-powered device do as users should be able to access all the same skills and features.

Although Amazon's Alexa voice assistant rules the smart speaker market, the same can't be said for the mobile devices. This update brings Alexa voice interaction on all Androids, not just a few - all just as long as they have at least Android 4.4 or newer.

Alexa functions like other virtual assistant software on smartphones.

Alexa on Android just got a little bit smarter. An Alexa button will be integrated into the navigation bar of Amazon shopping app.

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The update appears to be rolling out at the time of writing, but if you're eager to try it out, you can download it from the Amazon Appstore, as we've found success in getting the latest version (2.2.1010.0) with the assistant from there.

It's worth noting that the app doesn't support waking up the handset with a voice command, so you will need to have the device's display unlocked and the app open to make use of voice functionality.

To remind you, Amazon Alexa is also set to debut on Windows 10 PCs.