Amazon Alexa ups the ante with SMS capability on Android devices

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Amazon Alexa has been refreshed with an ability to deliver SMS messages via Echo smart speakers. However, the new feature is currently available only in the US and on Android smartphones. You will not be able to work with the new feature using an iOS-loaded smartphone. If you are located in the US, you should be able to send SMS using Amazon Echo Dot or Amazon Echo speakers.

To enable Alexa to deliver text messages to smartphones via Amazon Echo devices, you need to perform an initial setup process. You need to navigate to your Alexa app and tap on the Conversations icon. After that, you should select Contacts and then hit the My Profile option. Once you have completed the process, you should toggle the Send an SMS button to deliver a text message.

The above setup is a one-time process. You should now ask the Amazon Echo device to send a text message or send an SMS. The Amazon Echo will prompt you to provide the recipient name and it will automatically select the relevant contact from the list.

You can also spell the number of the recipient if the contact is not in your list. The message will appear in text form on the recipient’s Android smartphone. You will be provided with a link using which you can hear the message. It is to be noted that mobile carrier charges will apply if the recipient doesn’t have the app since the function will work just like you are trying to send an SMS.

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As of this writing, the text messaging functionality will work on all Amazon Echo devices including Echo Dot. However, you will not be able to work with this feature using third-party Alexa speakers.

The main aim behind the new feature is to provide users with a smart way to perform the tasks, which requires typing via the keyboard. Moreover, users will be able to leverage the rich benefits of the Alexa. 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.

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