* Alexa now available as a stand-alone app on iOS
* Take advantage of Echo’s services on the go
* Android app in the works
Has Apple’s trusted personal assistant been kicked to the curb?
Amazon has announced its Alexa voice assistant will now be available on iOS systems via the Amazon app. Where Siri has been a staple of Apple for years now, Alexa is already poised to become more popular as it promises all the services you get with the Echo, but on the go.
Under the new app, Alexa is able to perform more than 7,000 actions — it can play music, check the status of your Amazon orders, access your audiobooks, tell you the weather, get up-to-date sports scores and much, much more. Like Echo, the Alexa app even lets you control your connected home appliances. According to an Amazon spokesperson, the only thing it can’t do is unlock your smart doors.
The main difference — for now — between Siri and Alexa is where Siri is voice-activated, Alexa needs to be tapped to open.
To use Alexa on your iOS, you first need to download the Amazon app from the App Store. After you’ve downloaded and opened the app, you can access Alexa by tapping the mic on the top right-hand corner next to the shopping cart.
While voice-recognition technology is still evolving, it brings to light a much bigger question: How comfortable are we with giving voice-recognition apps unfiltered access to our daily lives? Guess we’ll soon begin to find out.