The Amazon Alexa app is quite prominent. So, now it has updated its Alexa app for iOS to add the much-awaited voice control feature that would let use voice commands to give commands to the smart assistant. Also, with this latest update, the Alexa iOS app would finally support voice control, so that users would be able to interact with Amazon Echo devices and other smart home products with the help of an iPhone or iPad by issuing spoken commands. This feature has been in the pipeline for quite a long time now, as Alexa on iOS was launched way back in March 2017. Again, it needs mentioning that Android users have got voice control in the Alexa app back in January this year.
So, now, iPhone and iPad users would be able to ask Amazon Alexa for a list of activities like music playback, smart home controls, web queries, and other compatible Alexa skills, with the tap of a button from within the app on iOS. However, unlike on Android, where users have the facility to set Alexa as the default voice assistant since May 2018, Apple’s OS is more locked down as usual. This essentially refers to the fact that users would not be able to use Amazon Alexa as a replacement for Apple’s Siri. Apple’s voice assistant would also be able to get more tasks done on the iOS device, and upcoming iOS 12 features for Siri like Shortcuts would only serve to widen that gap in capabilities.
Adding voice control to the Alexa app on iOS is a part of Amazon’s aim of making its virtual assistant available in most devices. Alexa has been again added to the Echo Show and Echo Spot as well as PCs from companies like Acer and HP. But, for iOS, every single time, users would be able to open the Alexa app and tap the button to activate the software to use it, instead of being able to simply say the ‘Alexa’ trigger word.
For the access to this new voice control feature in the Amazon Alexa app, users would need to download the latest version (2.2.216514.0) from the Apple App Store. The changelog in the App Store reads as, “Tap the Alexa button and use your voice to ask Alexa to play music, answer questions, check the weather, and more.” Notably, this update also brings various bug fixes and performance improvements.