Alexa SMS support lets users send text messages via voice

Alexa SMS support lets users send text messages via voice

To date, messaging with Alexa has meant sending screeds using Amazon's in-house system, which doesn't do you much good if your recipient doesn't have an Echo speaker.

Amazon's Alexa can now send SMS text messages, but only if you have an Android Phone.

The new feature comes just days before the launch of Apple's HomePod, which will feature the ability to send iMessage and SMS messages through Siri.

If you do have an Alexa Show, instead of only hearing the updates, you'll also see the latest news and weather on your device. For example, in the USA, users can make free voice calls and messages to Alexa-enabled devices, but that's not the case for Indian users.

These are real text messages sent through your Android phone to other phones (doesn't matter what type) and not messages sent through the Alexa app. Open the Alexa app on your phone and go to the Conversations tab - Contacts - My Profile and turn on the Send SMS setting.

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The Alexa app itself was also very aggressive about importing users' entire address books - which led to some backlash previous year before Amazon added contact blocking.

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. Now we know why Amazon wanted your whole address book: Alexa was getting ready to be a phone.

Enabling Alexa SMS messaging is really easy.

The feature is live today on all Alexa devices that support Alexa calling and messaging, and does not work on third-party devices at this point.

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