Now you can use Alexa to send SMS messages

Right this moment Amazon introduced the launch of a brand new textual content messaging function for Alexa gadgets. Now you should use your voice to ship SMS messages by the assistant, which might route it to your contact as a textual content. The catch? It is unique to the U.S. (for now), and might solely ship from Android gadgets.

How you can ship SMS with Alexa

To start out sending SMS messages with Alexa you’ll first have to observe the directions that seem through a pop-up within the Alexa app on Android. The go to Conversations>Contacts>My Profile then allow the Ship SMS function. The app itself doesn’t ship SMS messages, however this may allow you to ship SMS through voice utilizing Alexa.

You may then specify if you wish to ship a textual content message (typical SMS) or you may ask Alexa to ship a generic “message” which can be routed to Alexa gadgets first, after which SMS solely if Alexa gadgets aren’t accessible for that contact.

The particular voice instructions concerned to ship an SMS through Alexa are:

  • “Alexa, ship a textual content message”
  • “Alexa, ship an SMS” 
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Think about tapping in your cellphone to textual content, identical to a caveman would. / © AndroidPIT

Voice messaging is already standard on apps like WhatsApp, though for some it is an actual nightmare. But it surely appears like voice assistants may be nudging the smartphone additional down the highway to obsolescence. 

Function is proscribed to the U.S., and to Android

Amazon already launched free calls and messaging between Echo gadgets final yr. Nice, however considerably restricted. Now Alexa has expanded its capabilities, although there are nonetheless some caveats. For instance, you may’t textual content 911, or take part in group messages utilizing Alexa. SMS through Alexa can also be not accessible to iPhone customers as a result of Apple doesn’t permit third events to make use of its messaging API. 

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The function is stay at present on all Alexa gadgets within the U.S. that help Alexa calling and messaging, and doesn’t work on third-party gadgets in the mean time. We’re undecided about Amazon’s plans to roll this performance out internationally, however we’re hoping to see it break exterior of the U.S. quickly.

Are you excited to make use of this function? Will sending an SMS along with your fingers quickly develop into a factor of the previous?

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