Because the struggle of the good private assistants continues to simmer, Amazon has simply fired some other shot, including improve for SMS messages to Alexa’s characteristic record. You’ll now command your Amazon Echo instrument to ship a textual content message to one among your contacts, supplied you’ve got an Android telephone.

It is been imaginable to ship voice messages from one Echo instrument to some other for relatively some time, in addition to make voice calls, however this provides a complete new size. You require an Android telephone (five.zero Lollipop or upper) with the Alexa app put in. Then observe those directions to get it arrange:

  1. Join Alexa Calling & Messaging within the Alexa app.
  2. Faucet the Conversations icon.
  3. Make a selection Contacts.
  4. Make a selection My Profile.
  5. Permit “Ship an SMS” and settle for the Android OS permission.

Now you will have to be able to ship a textual content with Alexa. Merely ask your Echo to “Ship an SMS to [insert contact name]” to start out the method. A couple of issues are not recently supported, akin to staff messaging, MMS, and text-to-911. To disable the characteristic return to the Alexa app for your telephone and switch it off.

It’s imaginable to ship SMS messages thru Google House, albeit best with an IFTTT workaround, so that is some other win for Amazon. iOS does not improve third-party messaging, at this time, so this would possibly not be imaginable in case you personal an iPhone.