You can now ask Amazon's virtual personal assistant Alexa to send an SMS message that you dictate. From there, you go to ContactsMy ProfileSend SMS.
The feature builds upon the previously launched Alexa messaging feature.
To get started, you'll need to follow the instructions that appear via a pop-up in the Alexa app on Android, Amazon tells us. Firstly, head over to the Conversations tab on Amazon Alexa application and enable the Send SMS feature hidden under the Contacts section. However, there were hints in the Alexa app's code that the company was developing some sort of SMS capability.
The feature, however, comes with a bit downside, it is compatible only with Android devices.
Amazon tells us it can't offer a similar feature for iPhone users because Apple now does not offer their messaging API to third-parties. Sure, you can use your voice to send SMStext messages using Google Assistant, but having another way to send SMS using your voice doesn't hurt. Alexa app had earlier earned the wrath of its users after it automatically imported contact details. You can make phone calls to other Echo devices in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.
The new feature should be rolling out now on any Amazon devices that support Alexa messages and calling, but apparently isn't available on any third-party Alexa speakers.
Alexa devices gain SMS functionality in the latest update. Estimates peg the Amazon's U.S. market share of smart speakers anywhere between 70% and 76%.
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