Amazon's Alexa Can Now Send SMS Messages To Phones

Amazon's Alexa Can Now Send SMS Messages To Phones

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Amazon has now expanded Alexa's SMS functions by allowing users to send texts to any phone, rather than just limiting them to messaging other people via the Alexa app.

While Google's digital voice assistant Google Home can offer voice access to a world of knowledge, if you ask it to send a text message, it replies: 'Sorry, I can't send texts yet'. Note, you will not send messages directly from the application.

You can still tell Alexa to "send a message" but if you do that, it will try and send it via the Alexa app first.

Of course, the smart speaker you choose ultimately comes down to which ecosystem you're already using, but we're sure Amazon won't mind whatever little edge this Alexa rework gives its Echo line. For example, in the USA, users can make free voice calls and messages to Alexa-enabled devices, but that's not the case for Indian users.

Sending SMS feature doesn't work with third-party Alexa devices at this moment, but that could change in the future. Also, at the moment, the service is only available to users in the US.

What do you think about the ability of Alexa to deliver SMS? However, by switching over to SMS, you can send texts to anyone in your contacts.

However, there is a catch: Messaging through Alexa is now only available for Android users in the US. Firstly the SMS feature needs to be toggled on. Furthermore, you can also make a phone call to other Echo speakers.

Alexa is now able to send SMS messages to contacts in your smartphone, according to VentureBeat. Anyway, from the Alexa app on your Android device, select the Conversations icon, then select Contacts, and select My Profile.

  • Terrell Bush