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31 January 2018, 09:41 | Clyde Nash
Alexa can send SMS messages using your voice
Amazon's digital assistant Alexa is on the receiving end of a new ability: SMS support.
Amazon said users can ask Alexa to send a message to a friend, and the virtual assistant will figure out the best avenue to do so, either through the previously released Alexa messaging program or an SMS text message to a smartphone if that person doesn't have an Alexa-powered device.
Ask Alexa to send a message to their number. However, there were hints in the Alexa app's code that the company was developing some sort of SMS capability. First, you'll need to download the latest version of the Alexa app from the Google Play Store if you don't already have it installed. Here's how it works: You have to say Alexa send a message with your inputs and Amazon will automatically detect whether the receiver has an Alexa-enabled device.
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Once the Send SMS setting is enabled, you can tell Alexa to send a "message" and it will try to send a message using Amazon's Alexa messaging service.
Amazon tells us it can't offer a similar feature for iPhone users because Apple now does not offer their messaging API to third-parties. Now it is pretty clear why Amazon was interested in having an access to your contacts. You can make phone calls to other Echo devices in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. 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.
Alexa devices gain SMS functionality in the latest update. Maybe, Amazon will launch such features in the Indian market when it believes that Indian users are ready for using a smart speaker.
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