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Amazon Alexa assistant added to Alexa app for Android

The Alexa assistant is coming to Android via the Alexa app. (Source: Amazon)
The Alexa assistant is coming to Android via the Alexa app. (Source: Amazon)
Amazon is bringing its Alexa voice assistant to Android phones. Previously only available on select Android devices, Alexa will make its way into the Alexa app in the coming days as part of an update.

Amazon has been doing a great job with getting Alexa into the hands of customers. Although its Fire Phone crashed and burned, Alexa is the leading voice assistant in the smart speaker space. However, clearly Amazon wants to get back in on the smartphone action is releasing a new version of its Alexa app that now also has its assistant built-in.

Previously, the Alexa app just allowed you to manage Amazon’s suite of Alexa-powered devices. Although the Alexa assistant has been built into smartphones like the Huawei Mate 9 and the Motorola X4, this is the first time that it has been made more widely available to other devices, even if it is isn’t integrated on a system-wide basis. Instead, you will need to launch the app to access Alexa.

It will work in a similar to the way that Google Assistant works on the iPhone. Launch a Google app like Google Now on iOS and you can use Google Assistant instead of Siri. This time Google’s territory is being invaded by Alexa. iOS users will be able to give Alexa a go on their iPhone in the coming weeks, while Android users can look forward to the update rolling out in the coming days.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-01-21 (Update: 2018-01-21)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have been particularly interested in all things Apple, but also enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture.