Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo and Echo Dot.
Amazon has announced today that it's integrating Alexa into the main shopping app for iOS devices.
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Since this is iOS we're talking about, you'll probably wind up using Siri more than you do Alexa. Having Alexa nestled within their main shopping app should add some convenience for Amazon users. Amazon hasn't given any word on whether or not it intends to launch this in other regions, but you have to imagine that it's coming soon. Amazon continues to update the list of skills that Alexa can do, making it one of the most capable digital assistants out there.
The update will make Alexa available via the microphone icon within the Amazon app. Tap that, and the assistant will do numerous things it can do on an Amazon Echo speaker. Of course, die heart Alexa users may not mind the hassle, but for an average consumer, Amazon's solution may be a second thought if Siri doesn't do what they want which, by the way, is a strong possibility. Now in the Amazon app, the microphone option only allows users to perform a shopping-related voice search for products. While she may not be as easily accessible as she is on Amazon's first party hardware, this means that you won't need any additional devices to use Amazon's AI assistant.
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However, Alexa may truly challenge Siri when it comes to smart home controls.
And, there are fewer and fewer things Alexa can't do. Still, Still, you can now use Alexa on the iOS platform, and it lets you leverage skills and smart home capabilities. But it will also include most of the other functionality Alexa has to offer.
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The new Amazon Alexa from within the Amazon Shopping app should become available by next week to all iOS users. If you already have these two apps installed on your iOS device, then all you have to do is wait for the over-the-air update to hit your iOS device.