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Amazon makes lives easy, launches new SMS feature for Alexa devices

Amazon makes lives easy, launches new SMS feature for Alexa devices

That's the year after Amazon introduced Alexa, delivered through its Echo device.

Then you can ask Alexa to "send a text message" or "send an SMS" and tell the assistant who you want to text. As of publication time, the company hasn't provided details about when global users might be able to send SMS messages or if Alexa will be able to read incoming messages.

Customers can ask Alexa to send messages, and Alexa will figure out how to route it appropriately.

Companies like Amazon, Apple, and Google are battling to have their digital assistants - along with the required devices like smart speakers - front and center in consumers' homes.

Fortunately, - or unfortunately, depending on how much you like Anthony Hopkins or Cardi B - Alexa isn't getting replaced with a new voice anytime soon. It might go out as SMS or through the existing Alexa messaging service. Users can set this up by following the instructions in the Alexa app on their Android device. Notably, the feature will be available to Android devices only.

"Please note that text-to-911, group messages, and MMS are not supported", said Amazon. Users can talk to devices like Amazon's Echo and hear updates on news and weather or control smart devices with voice commands. Even though the Echo Dot is a tiny little speaker, you will be able to perform a wide range of work by tapping a wide range of skills.

Amazon has rolled out the feature only in the US for now. However, by switching over to SMS, you can send texts to anyone in your contacts. Furthermore, you can also make a phone call to other Echo speakers. Then tap "Contacts" and "My Profile" then toggle the "Send an SMS" button to turn on the feature.


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