Amazon's Alexa is, once again, branching out.
Four months after adding the voice-based digital assistant to its shopping app for iPhone, Amazon is bringing the same functionality to Android. Amazon has not made a formal announcement about this, but users are starting to notice Alexa inside the company's main Android app.
According to a screenshot posted on Twitter by Ford Senior Software Engineer Nick Schwab, Android users will get a notification when Alexa is available. At that point, you'll be able to customize Alexa, if you so choose.
Looks like Alexa was just added to the Amazon app for Android! Who wants to try playing Deal or No Deal from their Amazon app? :) pic.twitter.com/vnxBW11pA8— Nick Schwab (@nickschwab) July 20, 2017
Amazon did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment, but confirmed to TechCrunch that the feature is rolling out now. As the site pointed out, Android users can already get Alexa on their phone if they want, since it's also available as a standalone app. But, adding Alexa to its main Android app will almost certainly allow Amazon to introduce a lot of new people to the virtual assistant.
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The Amazon shopping app already lets you search for products using your voice, but the new Alexa integration "goes far beyond search," Amazon said when it rolled out this feature to iPhones in March. For instance, you can say "set my thermostat to 72 degrees" to make sure your house is cozy when you get home, then tell Alexa to "turn on my porch light" when you're almost there, so you won't have to fumble with your keys in the dark. Or, just tap the microphone and say "play music" to jam out while you shop. You can also reorder everyday items with a simple command like "order toilet paper," then track your packages by saying "where's my stuff?"
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