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Amazon releases Super Bowl ad, Alexa loses voice — GeekWire

Amazon releases Super Bowl ad, Alexa loses voice — GeekWire

If you're now the proud owner of an Echo device you'll know that you can send messages between Echo devices, but this new feature allows you to send more traditional text messages using only your voice.

While Google's digital voice assistant Google Home can offer voice access to a world of knowledge, if you ask it to send a text message, it replies: 'Sorry, I can't send texts yet'. Notably, the feature will be available to Android devices only.

Alexa has been able to send messages since a year ago, VentureBeat notes, but not via SMS. This requires a quick adjustment to the Alexa app on your phone.

The feature will only work if you have the Alexa app installed on an Android phone, and have linked your phone to your Alexa device.

Amazon already supports a number of communication options from Echo devices.

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Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have let the push in Congress to find out that information. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for "doing the dirty work" on behalf of Donald Trump's White House.

The company previews the anticipated commercial airing during the big game this Sunday (Feb. 4), which features Cardi B auditioning to become a voiceover replacement for Alexa, Amazon's cloud-based smart device. The text might go out as SMS or via the existing Alexa messaging service.

What's needed to send an SMS via Alexa?

This is perhaps a preemptive strike by Amazon to make its Echo lineup much more appealing than the Cupertino brand's first attempt at smart speakers. You can send them to any SMS-supporting devices, including iPhones. Besides, users who are sometimes lazy to type can also benefit from this feature.

Electronic commerce and cloud computing giant Amazon on Wednesday announced the launch of a new messaging feature for Alexa devices in the United States.

Last year, Amazon also introduced a feature that would allow Echo users to call and message for free.

Users who want to disable SMS features can do so by going to their contact card in the Alexa app and toggling it off.

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