Amazon has started rolling out an app update that will bring Alexa, the voice assistant that powers Amazon's smart speakers, to the Android platform. They can interact with Alexa by simply holding down the home button on the device. Morgan Stanley plans to expand its range of Alexa skills over the next few years. An Alexa Skills Kit comprises tools, application programming interfaces (APIs), code samples and documentation to enable developers to add skills to the 10,000-plus voice recognition capabilities already available on Alexa.
An Alexa app, pre-installed on the computer will let the users call up the assistant and see any information like weather forecasts, music albums and more on display.
Along with HP, Acer and Asus debuted personal computers that are created to work with Alexa during the International Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES) that was held earlier this year in Las Vegas as part of a push by Amazon to spread its voice assistant to more third-party devices.
Alexa can also be selected as the default voice assistant app on the smartphone but only on devices running Android 5.0 and above.
Through the Alexa app on their Android smartphones, customers can also Alexa to help locate things around them. Akin to Google search assistant, one just needs to tap on the Alexa button and say "show me restaurants nearby" or "what movies are playing near me today?" for local search results. Instead of accessing the voice assistant every time from the app, download the Alexa Voice Shortcut Widget.