Alexa Headed to Amazon's Main Android App

Alexa Headed to Amazon's Main Android App

The message, which can be read in its entirety below, stated that Alexa was now available through the application.

Amazon's Alexa digital assistant has largely been limited to the company's own hardware.

There was no formal announcement of the launch, but Amazon has confirmed the integration and is rolling out the service this week.

Amazon already offers a separate Alexa app, which has about 5 million downloads on Google's Play Store, but the shopping service's flagship app now sits somewhere between 100 and 500 million. This particular tool may be the main motivation for Amazon's acquisition, sources speculate, with such a platform potentially being able to facilitate Alexa's process of learning new information by allowing it to sift through massive amounts of data more efficiently.

So, once the feature is live on all the Android handsets, users can ask Alexa about anything as they normally would while using it on Echo devices.

The change isn't too surprising considering the Amazon shopping app already had voice controls built-in, and the iOS version of the app has had Alexa for some time now.

With the integration, voice commands become a possibility from within the app. In the Alexa app, the users got a notification alerting them of a new Alexa device being added to their accounts, which turned out to be the Amazon mobile app. It's like Amazon wants to say, "Hey, this is how Alexa works". The point, then, is to make Alexa more visible and bring it to people who have never seen it in action prior.

Thoughts on Alexa coming to Android? "Go out and buy an Echo device to take advantage of Alexa even further".

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