You will now be able to use Alexa on your iPhone, thanks to an update to Amazon's iOS app.
This brings natural-language voice commands to the Amazon app, supporting a variety of purchase actions including "search for.", "reorder." and "add.to my cart".
As mentioned in a report from VentureBeat, changes to how Alexa works will still require the actual Alexa app rather than just the Amazon app. Along with controlling music, asking about the status of package order, and more, users can also ask Alexa to control smart home devices. The way Apple's operating system is set up bars any assistant other than Siri from both accessing certain native Apple features and from being assigned as iOS's default assistant.
According to several media reports this move will eventually help boost the ecommerce giant's business as there has been an increasing number of tech enthusiasts filling their homes with Alexa enabled devices. The organization reported it's coordinating Alexa into its shopping app on iPhone, beginning today with a full rollout expected by one week from now.
The Siri-style voice-activated digital assistant is now part of the official Amazon app, meaning you can shop by simply speaking with your phone and play tunes via Amazon Music.
Inside of the Amazon app for iOS, you will see a microphone icon near the top of the screen. This means control Internet of Thing devices. Amazon announced earlier this year that Alexa would be built in to Huawei's Mate 9 smartphone as well as other products such as cars and televisions. The Alexa Skills and Smart Home features.
Still, the roll-out is a nice win for Amazon, which now dominates the smart speaker market with its Alex-enabled range of devices. It's contained within the free Amazon shopping app, but it's for far more than just shopping.