Lancashire Police uses Amazon Alexa for daily briefings

  • Lancashire Police uses Amazon Alexa for daily briefings

Lancashire Police uses Amazon Alexa for daily briefings

Alexa is coming to your phone.

This update brings user support for Alexa skills with voice as well as remote control for connected home devices. Adding it to the Alexa app is the first time it'll be freely available on nearly any device. The skill will be available this month in the United Kingdom on Echo devices including the Echo Show, Amazon's first smart speaker with a video screen. That changes today on Android and on iOS soon.

Fittingly enough, support for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is finally coming to the Alexa app for Android phones, although it's now a bit of a gimmick.

Alexa app users can now use their voice to control the digital assistant, including launching playlists and controlling smart home devices.

Amazon has partnered with companies to integrate its assistant onto smartphones before, but it was only a few devices, like the Huawei Mate 9 or Motorola Moto X4. You simply open the app, tap the blue circle icon, and speak out your request. Until now, it only let you manage Amazon's assistant on other devices.

Amazon's adding this new functionality to the Alexa app over the coming days, but I've already got it on my Pixel 2 with version 1.24.3555.0 of the app.

Amazon and Google are now the biggest competitors in the market for smart-speaker devices, and video-enabled gadgets will become the next battleground.