Android users can now ask Alexa to send SMS messages

Can we all agree that we do not want ads on our smart speakers?

As TechCrunch highlights, getting set up to send SMS messages with Alexa requires a small bit of prep. From there, Alexa will draw from your contacts just like she already does in order to make calls and send voice messages. Additionally, you can just say "Alexa, send a text" if you want to force it to just send an SMS and not try sending a message to someone else's Alexa app.

As of this writing, the text messaging functionality will work on all Amazon Echo devices including Echo Dot. The feature is available only to the United States users right now, but I am expecting a broader roll-out in the coming months. It announced the new feature on Tuesday.

Alexa devices gain SMS functionality in the latest update.

You'll need to live in the United States and have an Android phone linked up to your Alexa account in order to take advantage of this feature. As of publication time, the company hasn't provided details about when global users might be able to send SMS messages or if Alexa will be able to read incoming messages. The 2018 Alexa Super Bowl ad campaign explores a world where Alexa has lost her voice, and she gets replaced by some of the world's most-charismatic celebrities.

Amazon Alexa has been refreshed with an ability to deliver SMS messages via Echo smart speakers.

It may seem unusual to say that a few days after Apple formally outlined plans for the upcoming availability of its HomePod product, potentially a new major competitive force in the market, but Google certainly has a head start.

According to 9to5Google, recent versions of the Google app on Android includes a new, hidden code that lets users add their custom hotword for waking up their device.

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