Alexa is now on the Amazon iPhone app, positioning it to go head-to-head with Siri in the intelligent voice control arena for the mobile market. It's contained within the free Amazon shopping app, but it's for far more than just shopping. Thousands of Alexa skills can be used by pressing the microphone icon near the top of the screen on the app. This means that if you've got an iPhone, you can now talk to Amazon's voice assistant without buying an Echo, Echo Dot, or other Alexa-enabled product.
The only downside is you have to open the app to use Alexa, unlike iPhone's Siri, which iPhone users can access simply by pressing the home button on their phone, or saying, "Hey, Siri." But once accessed via the app, Alexa will work like any other Alexa-enabled product, allowing users to do everything from turning on smart lights at home to setting a smart thermostat to a cozy temperature. It can be used to look up facts, make purchases, or control other smart home products as well.
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