Amazon's Alexa app for iOS gains voice control

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in iPhone edited June 2018
Some five months after Android users gained the ability to control Amazon's Alexa voice assistant through a dedicated app, the e-commerce giant is bringing identical functionality to iOS, turning an iPhone or iPad into a handy Echo stand-in.

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The latest update to Alexa's iOS app delivers long-awaited voice control to the virtual assistant software. Previously, the app was largely relegated to interactions with Amazon Echo speakers, for example setting up a new device or placing calls to other users.

With the latest revision, Alexa acts more like a full-fledged smart assistant. Users are able to tap the dedicated Alexa button -- a text bubble-like icon -- and use their voice to control smart home appliances, play music, check the weather, ask general queries and more. Certain skills, like those pertaining to calendar entries and sports scores, are accompanied by in-app screens that display information graphically.

Much like an Echo device, and Apple's own Siri, the Alexa app connects to offsite servers to carry out processing.

Due to Apple's tight control over hardware access, Alexa is unable to monitor for wake words, meaning users must use the app's GUI to input a command or query. Still, voice interactions imbue the app with a sense of familiarity for existing Echo device owners. More importantly for Amazon, Alexa on iOS gives iPhone and iPad users a portable and direct line of communication with the virtual assistant.

Amazon initially promised voice support for Alexa's iOS app in January after rolling out a similar feature on Android.

Alexa for iOS is a free download from the App Store.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    chasmchasm Posts: 1,396member
    Glad to see this has arrived for Alexa users. I personally still have a lot of concerns about privacy and security (as in, there is none) with Alexa-based products, but then I have similar concern about most (but not all) non-Apple IoT devices.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 6
    joogabahjoogabah Posts: 117member
    This has been part of the Amazon app for awhile now.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    peteopeteo Posts: 357member
    Wish they had an apple watch app. Would be awesome to have it as complication on my main watch screen that I could just tap and use. Only going to have 1 speaker (the new sonos beam)that has alexa support but my wink smart home devices all work with alexa and would be nice to be able to control them with out being near my phone and speaker. Always have my watch on
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 6
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,164member
    So I won't have to wait for Amazon suggestions on things I've searched for  in Safari (which I have no problem with),  I guess now I'll get them for anything I've mentioned in earshot of my iPhone if I get this.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 6
    glee217glee217 Posts: 12member
     So can I use the Alexa app to order stuff from Amazon using my voice?
    edited June 2018
  • Reply 6 of 6
    MacProMacPro Posts: 18,164member
    glee217 said:
     So can I use the Alexa app to order stuff from Amazon using my voice?
    Even if you didn't intend to probably ;)  

    Just kidding I am an Amazon addict.  If I don't see Fedex for two days I get withdrawal symptoms.
    edited June 2018
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