The Amazon app with Alexa enabled is shown on an iPhone. (Photo: Amazon)
Hey Siri, can you make room for Alexa on the iPhone?
Amazon revealed Thursday it will bring Alexa to the iPhone through its official app, allowing users to not only ask the company’s voice assistant for help with shopping, but request information such as news, weather or sports scores.
Tapping the microphone within the Amazon app will summon Alexa, then you can start asking questions just as you would through devices such as the popular Amazon Echo. Currently in the Amazon app, the microphone option only allows users to perform a shopping-related voice search for products.
Alexa will roll out to the Amazon app next week.
Apple does host an Alexa app for iOS devices, but it serves as a companion to devices supporting Alexa. For example, if you added items to a shopping list through your Echo, it would appear on the app’s shopping list.
Alexa and Apple’s Siri are part of a wave of voice assistants seen as the next big market in tech. Google has its own, called Google Assistant, running on the home speaker Google Home.
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