Amazon's Alexa can now send SMS messages to any phone

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It is also possible to specify to Alexa that you want to send a text message if you don't want your device to use the Alexa messaging service.

According to Amazon's support page for the feature users will first have to set up the new feature on the Amazon Alexa app for Android.

Amazon's Alexa just gained another useful new trick: It can now send text messages. but only if you have an Android phone.

The feature builds upon the previously launched Alexa messaging feature.

In order to use the SMS feature, one needs to follow the instructions which appear on a pop-up in the Alexa app.

This feature is now only available on Android devices. If that fails, it'll send an SMS.

To enable SMS messaging on Alexa, open the Alexa app, go to the Conversations tab, select Contacts My Profile, and enable the Send SMS toggle. Alexa app had earlier earned the wrath of its users after it automatically imported contact details. Some Alexa-powered devices, such as the Echo Show have the ability to do video calls as well. This joins Alexa messaging, expanding the number of people that Echo device owners can message using the hands-free convenience that comes with voice commands. The SMS feature is already live on all Alexa devices that support calling and messaging. At the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Google launched Smart Displays - new lineups of screen-equipped, Google Assistant-powered speakers by LG, Sony, and others created to rival Amazon's Echo Show and Echo Spot. Amazon did not give any clues as to when it would be available in other markets.

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