Amazon Adds Text Message Feature To Alexa, But Ignores Apple

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After flipping the toggle on all you need to say is "Send SMS" and you'll be given an option to choose between sending an SMS or an Alexa app message.

You can now use Amazon's Alexa to send SMS messages.

Previous year the app introduced a new feature that lets users which it will then turn it into voice navigations, a route Amazon may possibly go down. You then can enable "Send an SMS". From there, Alexa will draw from your contacts just like she already does in order to make calls and send voice messages.

This new feature looks like it's not the only change that Amazon in making to Alexa.




You'll need to live in the U.S. and have an Android phone linked up to your Alexa account in order to take advantage of this feature. For example, it could come in handy if your phone is charging in another room but you've got an Alexa device nearby.

The smart speaker market is booming with estimates pegging usage in America at about 39 million users combined for the Amazon Echo and Google Home. According to Amazon, Alexa will "find the best way to send the message" to the recipient, who must be in the contact list of the sender. Enabling the new feature requires users to open the Alexa app on their smartphone and tap the "Conversations" button.

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

Keep in mind that asking Alexa to "send a message" will not send a SMS. Even though the Echo Dot is a tiny little speaker, you will be able to perform a wide range of work by tapping a wide range of skills. Unfortunately, the ability to text to 911, groups, and MMS (picture and video) are not supported.

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