Alexa SMS support lets users send text messages via voice

Voice shopping can work best when you don't have strong preferences about what brand of batteries or detergent you buy

Asking Alexa to send "a text", though, will cause it to go straight to sending SMS messages.

Amazon said users can ask Alexa to send a message to a friend, and the virtual assistant will figure out the best avenue to do so, either through the previously released Alexa messaging program or an SMS text message to a smartphone if that person doesn't have an Alexa-powered device.

According to 9to5Google, recent versions of the Google app on Android includes a new, hidden code that lets users add their custom hotword for waking up their device.

Amazon's Alexa just gained another useful new trick: It can now send text messages. but only if you have an Android phone. Alexa already has its own messaging system, however in order to work both the parties need to have an Alexa setup.

Amazon makes lives easy launches new SMS feature for Alexa devices
However the feature currently works only for sending SMS messages to Android phones

In order to use the SMS feature, one needs to follow the instructions which appear on a pop-up in the Alexa app. Alexa app users can open the app's Conversations Tab, choose Contacts, and then My Profile to toggle the Send SMS ability on, as well. This is done simply by telling Alexa to send a text message to a particular contact, such as, "Hey Alexa, send a text message to Mom". Alexa app had earlier earned the wrath of its users after it automatically imported contact details.

Last year, Amazon introduced a feature that would allow Alexa users to make voice calls and message other Alexa users. The caveat here is that the feature worked only when the caller and the receiver had Echo devices.

Enabling Alexa SMS messaging is really easy. Amazon is ruling the roost when it comes to smart speaker market share.




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