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Move over, Siri, there’s a new voice assistant coming to iPhones and iOS devices.
Amazon announced today that its digital assistant Alexa will be integrated into the Amazon Shopping app for iOS.
This gives all users with Apple mobile devices access on the go. 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.
Alexa lives in the microphone icon next to the search bar in the Amazon Shopping app.
This icon originally let users voice-search Amazon to find products to buy, but now it will also support voice commands for Alexa. You’re not limited to shopping-related questions, either—you can use Alexa in the Shopping app as you would in your home if you have an Alexa-enabled device.
Alexa can detail weather information, tell you jokes, track Amazon orders, answer search-related questions, play music from Amazon Music, and even read Kindle books aloud.
Although this puts Alexa in direct competition with Siri, Apple’s voice assistant has the upper-hand in that it’s truly hands-free. With Siri enabled, you can say “Hey Siri!” and your iOS device will hear you and listen to your command.
To talk to Alexa, you need to open the Amazon Shopping app and press the microphone icon before you can say any commands.
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