Alexa is getting a new voice

That's the year after Amazon introduced Alexa, delivered through its Echo device. However, you can ask Alexa to send "a text", as that will command her to send SMS messages to your contacts.

There is one big caveat, however - the feature now works only for sending SMS messages to Android phones. In 2016, eight months after Echo's launch, Amazon splashed out on its very first Super Bowl ad, putting the smart speaker (oh, and Alec Baldwin) front and center.

Amazon has added a nifty new feature to Alexa voice assistant, which allows the Echo smart speaker users to send SMS messages. The Amazon Alexa Super Bowl campaign will continue with supporting 30-second spots featuring Leslie Jones, JB Smoove and Rebel Wilson.

Though Amazon's take on the smartphone failed to catch on, Alexa has taken on more phone-like capabilities such as calling and now texting.

Again, this skill is only available for Android users for now, at least in terms of the ability of sending SMS. If you aren't familiar, standard messages require both you and the recipient to have the Alexa app to communicate. Amazon claims it can not add the SMS feature to Apple devices since the latter doesn't offer messaging API to third-parties. This could mean that on Sunday we get a host of new voices in Echo devices. Then they can tap the Conversations button, and select 'Contacts., then 'My Profile.' After that, they will need to enable "Send an SMS" and accept the Android OS permission request.

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It is available in the United States at launch.

  • Fernando Stephens