Published: Thu, February 01, 2018
Industry | By Faith Ward

Sending SMS Messages With the Help of Amazon's Alexa

Sending SMS Messages With the Help of Amazon's Alexa

Now Amazon has enabled its Alexa digital voice assistant to send text messages through its Echo devices. Users can now ask Alexa to simply send a text message, and the voice assistant will do the rest. However, the new feature is now available only in the United States and on Android smartphones. Each platform has its own unique set of strengths and weaknesses, but Amazon just got a nice lead over Google with support for sending SMS messages. This requires a quick adjustment to the Alexa app on your phone.

With the same smart-assistant capabilies as the other Echo products, Amazon is hoping for the Spot to be seen as another entry-point into their smart-device ecosystem.

The feature builds upon the previously launched Alexa messaging feature. For example, in the US, users can make free voice calls and messages to Alexa-enabled devices, but that's not the case for Indian users.

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Another thing to be mindful of: The "Alexa, send a text message" voice command is different from "Alexa, send a message" command. Finally, toggle on the "Send SMS" option.

Alexa will then ask you to whom you want to send your message to. 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. Besides, users who are sometimes lazy to type can also benefit from this feature.

Last year, Amazon also introduced a feature that would allow Echo users to call and message for free. Then they can tap the Conversations button, and select 'Contacts., then 'My Profile.' After that, they will need to enable "Send an SMS" and accept the Android OS permission request.

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