Amazon has its own digital personal assistant out there in the world, with Alexa present on devices like the Amazon Echo smart speaker.
The digital assistant also recently rolled out with support on the HTC U11. But now Android device owners out there who don’t have HTC’s latest flagship phone will have access to the feature soon, as long as they’re willing to download an app. Today it was confirmed that the Amazon app for Android will support Alexa.
The feature will be rolling out to the app beginning this week. With it, Android device owners that have the app installed will be able to ask Alexa questions regarding the weather, traffic, sports scores, music, and more. The app will also support Amazon’s Flash Briefing, which means users can get a quick update on news updates as well.
It’s no surprise to see Amazon bringing Alexa to its default app, and it’s one of those situations where it was probably overdue. But Amazon did roll out support for the feature in the Amazon app on iOS devices not too long ago, so its arrival on Android was inevitable. Even with the wait, it should be well worth it for those who want to use Alexa on their smartphone, but haven’t wanted to pick up the HTC U11.
The feature is rolling out soon. If you already have the Amazon app on your device it sounds like you won’t have to do anything extra. If you don’t, the app is free.
Do you already use Alexa on a regular basis?[via TechCrunch]