You can now use Alexa to send SMS messages

Amazon Alexa Can Now Send Text Messages to Any Number in the US

Amazon's rollout of the new feature is great timing, considering the launch of the Apple HomePod - which allows the ability to send iMessage and SMS messages via Siri - is just days away.

The skill, which is live in the United States now with other countries expected to follow, can send messages using either the Alexa Messaging System for fellow Alexa users or via SMS to everyone else.

Alexa will then ask you to whom you want to send your message to. Alexa will ask you who you want to send your message to.

If you can tick both of those boxes, Alexa can now send an SMS to any of the contacts listed in your phone. When the text messages turn up for the recipient, a link will be included where they can tap and hear the spoken text message. So far, the service is only available for Android users.

To get started, you'll need to follow the instructions that appear via a pop-up in the Alexa app on Android, Amazon tells us. Amazon claims it can not add the SMS feature to Apple devices since the latter doesn't offer messaging API to third-parties. There are also other voice assistants able to send SMS texts. Users can talk to devices like Amazon's Echo and hear updates on news and weather or control smart devices with voice commands. Firstly the SMS feature needs to be toggled on. Anyway, from the Alexa app on your Android device, select the Conversations icon, then select Contacts, and select My Profile.

The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots will play Sunday in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. It is expected that all three accents would be available to U.S. users in the near future.

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