Siri's got company: Alexa will be available on the iPhone soon

Phillip Butler
March 17, 2017

You will need to download both Alexa and the Amazon Shopping app in order to use Alexa on your iOS device with Amazon Shopping. That app tracks voice search activity for the Echo but doesn't have any voice interaction capability of its own. This will allow you to add Skills, sign into services that you use (such as to play music), and configure Alexa to your liking. However, the new update brings Amazon's excellent assistant to even more users, which is always a good thing.

Alexa is rolling out to the free Amazon shopping app for iPhone users in the US.

With that being said, the Amazon app is a quick and easy way to turn your iPhone into an "Echo" if you can put up with the downsides. You will be able to ask Alexa anything from within the Amazon Shopping app, such as looking for music, looking for weather, reading Kindle books, and anything else you want. That includes everything from having it make purchases for you, look up facts, or control smart home products. This icon originally let users voice-search Amazon to find products to buy, but now it will also support voice commands for Alexa. Despite being part of a shopping app, Alexa can do a lot more than order the occasional Wish List splurge. Instead you can just open up the app. Alexa in the app will also continue getting better. Among other partnerships, Amazon recently teamed up with Dish Network Corp., which is pairing its Hopper DVR with Echo and Amazon's smaller Dot smart speaker. If you already have these two apps installed on your iOS device, then all you have to do is wait for the over-the-air update to hit your iOS device.

Alexa support for iOS rolls out today and is expected to hit all users in the U.S. by the end of the week.

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