Amazon has started delivering a new update that expands the use of Alexa voice support on Android. With the new update, now users will be able to talk to Alexa directly from within the app on smartphones, as the Alexa app has been available on Android, for a while now. Users can now also set Alexa as their default voice assistant on Android devices, and to by simply holding down the home button on the device users can interact with Alexa is a much easier way.
With the latest update, users can now ask questions to Alexa or play the music or get information about weather, use the Alexa skills and much more. Users can now also ask Alexa for help finding things around them, or example users can just say ‘show me restaurants nearby’ or ‘what movies are playing near me today?’ for local search results. The latest app can also show on-screen responses where customers can see additional details for things like weather forecasts, sports updates, movies and show times, calendar appointments and more.
The Alexa app is available for download from the Google Play Store. All the features will be available on the latest version of the app and the default setting option is available to users running Android 5.0 Lollipop or above. To set Alexa as the default assistant, users can go to the ‘Assist app’ settings on their Android device and select Alexa as their default Assist app.
Along with the new app update, a Voice Shortcut Widget has also arrived, which allows you to have access to Alexa at the tap of an icon. The app will be updated within the next few days for those users who already have Alexa app installed on their devices.