Amazon brings Alexa to iOS

Alexa support for iOS rolls out today and is expected to hit all users in the USA by the end of the week.

Amazon is bringing its Alexa digital assistant to iOS devices, which you can find right in its main Amazon app.

TWICE reached out to Amazon to ask when the functionality would be rolled out to the Alexa app, as well as to Android, but hadn't heard back at press time.

Meanwhile, developers have also been integrating Amazon's digital assistant into their products via Alexa Voice Service. While some iOS users may have the Alexa app already downloaded to support their Amazon Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo, this integration lets users speak to Alexa while away from their homes.

After making quite an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017, Amazon's Alexa has finally made it to the e-tailer's own shopping app. The AI assistant can be found on the Amazon Echo speakers and few smartphones including Huawei's Mate 9. It's also good to note that while Siri can control HomeKit, Amazon's AI has Alexa Skills to control smart home functions and other devices, as per Apple Insider. Tapping the microphone within the Amazon app will summon Alexa and you can start asking questions just as you would with the echo.

It could also help tailor weather and news information to users with different tastes, or traffic information to those heading to separate destinations. "It's a big benefit for the Alexa skill developer community".

The Amazon app is designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and all iPad models.

Other reports have claimed that the Amazon Echo will soon be able to make and receive voice calls.

Alexa is rolling out to the free Amazon shopping app for iPhone users in the US. It can't be used as a replacement for Siri, since Apple's assistant is built into the operating system. And yes, you will need to keep the app open to use.

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