Alexa is getting a new voice

Alexa is getting a new voice

That means a user can now ask Alexa to send a message to one of their smartphone contacts, and the assistant can route it through SMS or its own proprietary messaging platform. Amazon is the leader in the segment and the company has announced that its Alexa voice assistant that is embedded in the Echo devices now has gained ability for the device to send text messages to other users. You need to navigate to your Alexa app and tap on the Conversations icon.

Your favorite voice-assistant gadget can now text your friends and family whenever you cannot find your phone or your hands are full. Now, she can send text messages, too - provided you're an Android user.

Fortunately, - or unfortunately, depending on how much you like Anthony Hopkins or Cardi B - Alexa isn't getting replaced with a new voice anytime soon.

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US users can even bolt a full home service to Alexa, and it surely won't be long before the same is true here. 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.

Keep in mind that asking Alexa to "send a message" will not send a SMS.

Of course, the smart speaker you choose ultimately comes down to which ecosystem you're already using, but we're sure Amazon won't mind whatever little edge this Alexa rework gives its Echo line. So, if you want to issue an SMS voice command to your Echo, you'll only have the option of sending it to those who have Android devices.

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Alexa has been able to send messages since a year ago, VentureBeat notes, but not via SMS. The caveat here is that the feature worked only when the caller and the receiver had Echo devices. Amazon says that there's no extra charge for each message beyond the usual voice and data limits of your wireless plan.

It is available in the U.S. at launch.

If you have an Android phone and want to start texting, you will have to turn the feature on.

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