The intelligent personal assistant by Amazon is even more accessible, thanks to the new Alexa app.

By Liz Steelman
January 22, 2018
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Getting assistance from Alexa, Amazon's voice-activated personal assistant, just got easier. Instead of spending cash on a new speaker, now you need only download the Alexa app onto your smartphone. Through the app, you can access all of Alexa's capabilities, from turning on lights to playing a specific type of music.

There's a slight catch, though: Currently the app is only available on Android phones, but iOS users should have access to it later on (a specific date hasn't been released yet).

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For those with any Echo device rather than the Show or Spot (which have a built-in screen), the app will add the convenience of a screen without having to buy an entirely new device. Additionally, users can access more information on a variety of topics, including weather forecasts, sports events, and movies and show times, says Jonathan Richardson, a spokesperson for Amazon.

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One thing to keep in mind: Unlike traditional Alexa-enabled devices, the app isn't always on. That means you won’t be able to just say “Alexa” to get assistance; instead, you’ll have to open up the app every time you want to ask Alexa a question.

The updated Alexa app started rolling out to a number of customers last Thursday and should be available to all Android users by the end of this week via the Amazon AppStore and Google Play.