EVERYTHING SELLER Amazon has brought Alexa to iPhone users for the first time, baking the assistant into its shopping app for iOS.
Amazon Echo or Echo Dot users will probably already have the Alexa app for iOS installed, but this is solely for managing the internet-connected speakers.
Now, Amazon has revealed that Alexa functionality will be coming to the iPhone through an update to its main application, letting users bark orders at the digital assistant without the need to use an Echo device.
Inside of the updated Amazon for iOS, there will be a microphone icon near the top of the screen that you can press to activate Alexa. Once launched, you can ask it almost anything you'd normally ask it through an Echo. F
For example, you can bark at it to play music, to check the weather or to order you more toilet roll. We've all been there.
Alexa can't be used as a standalone voice assistant, though, as you need to open the Amazon app every time you want to use it, so Siri needn't shit itself just yet.
The updated Amazon app is rolling out to iOS users this week, with those in the US getting first dibs. There's no word if it'll be coming to Android yet.
News of Amazon's updated iOS app comes just days after the firm announced that it's free for developers to build and host most Alexa skills using Amazon Web Services.
"There is already a large community of incredibly engaged developers building skills for Alexa," said Steve Rabuchin, vice president of Amazon Alexa.
"We're excited to announce a new programme that will free up developers to create more robust and unique skills that can take advantage of AWS services. We can't wait to see what developers create for Alexa." µ
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