Amazon rolling out Alexa to its Android shopping app

Back in March, Amazon added Alexa to its shopping app on iOS devices. Now, the company has started rolling out its popular digital assistant to the Amazon app on Android as well.

A Twitter user by the name of Nick Schwab posted the news after he had received a notification in the Alexa app on his device saying that the digital assistant is now also available in the Amazon app.

Amazon hasn’t made an official announcement yet, but the company did confirm to TechCrunch that the integration is rolling out this week. Some of you may already have it, while others will get it over the next few days.

If bringing Alexa to the Amazon shopping app seems strange to you is because it is. Well, at least in some ways. You’ll be able to ask the assistant what the weather is like, to play you a certain song, and to give you an answer to any questions you might have. Although these are all great features, they aren’t exactly what most shoppers need when looking for a present for a loved one online, for example.

The Alexa integration doesn’t add a lot of value to users, as it doesn’t make the shopping experience a lot better. The reason why the company is bringing it to the app is likely just for promotional reasons. Amazon wants to take advantage of its large user base and show off exactly what Alexa can do. That way, those who like what they see just might opt for one of the Alexa-powered speakers like the Echo.

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Whether the strategy will work and help Amazon increase sales? That’s anyone’s guess at this point. It definitely doesn’t hurt, as the feature won’t get in your way in case you don’t want to use it. What do you think about Amazon bringing Alexa to its app? Do you see yourself using the digital assistant while shopping online? Let us know in the comments.

Alexa is Coming to the Amazon Android App (This Week)

Amazon’s Alexa is available on a wide array of different platforms, and starting this week, the virtual assistant is now making its way to the Amazon app on Android.

iPhone users have been able to use Alexa in the Amazon app since March, and from what we’ve seen so far, Alexa for the Android Amazon app works just like it does over on iOS. In other words, you can use Alexa to see what the weather’s like, catch up on the week’s biggest stories, order an Uber, turn off your connected lights, etc.

This added functionality is certainly cool, but having it within the Amazon Shopping app is slightly odd. Amazon’s proven time and time again that Alexa is one of the world’s most powerful virtual assistants to-date, but is the company’s shopping app the right place for it? Given it could be integrated with, you know, shopping… then yeah, it might be.

The Amazon app has previously featured basic voice commands for adding items to your cart, searching for products throughout Amazon, and tracking previous orders. The features could be access by tapping the microphone icon in the upper-left-hand corner of the app, and this is what Alexa will be replacing. You’ll still have those voice features present in an unobtrusive manner, but now tapping on that microphone will allow you to do much more than basic product tracking and ordering.

Alexa’s presence in the Amazon Android app was first spotted by Twitter user Nick Schwab, and shortly after this sighting, Amazon confirmed to TechCrunch that Alexa will be rolling out to all Android users throughout the remainder of the week.

I currently don’t have Alexa on the Amazon app on my Google Pixel, but I’ll be sure to keep checking throughout the weekend. I’m more of a Google Assistant guy myself, but it might be fun to play around with Alexa every once in and while – even if I will be tempted to buy more things I don’t need when opening up the Amazon app to use it.

Via: TechCrunch

Amazon Alexa coming to main Amazon app for Android this week

Amazon Alexa is a great virtual assistant, but she isn’t available on most every Android device like Google Assistant is. The Huawei Mate 9 and HTC U11 are the only two phones to have native support for Alexa at the moment.

To give Android users a better taste of Alexa, Amazon is updating its Android app with Alexa functionality. You’ll be able to use Alexa through the shopping app, doing much of what Alexa can do through an Echo. While it’s strange to be using a virtual assistant in a shopping app, it’s a great way for the masses to try Alexa out and buy Echo devices if they like it.

The update should be rolling out this week, bringing the functionality up to par with the iOS Amazon app.  You’ll be able to get weather, control your smart home to a limited extent, play music, and control your Amazon account as well as buy stuff. Every user won’t get the features at the same time as this will likely be a slow rollout, but keep checking the app for the new features!

Snapchat Spectacles now also available on Amazon

Initially, Snapchat Spectacles were only available for purchase from pop-up vending machines across the US. Then in February, the company started selling them on their own website. Those of you still thinking of buying a pair can now also get them on Amazon.

The price hasn’t changed, which means that Spectacles still retail for $129.99. There are three color options available which are Black, Coral, and Teal.

For those of you unfamiliar with Snapchat Spectacles, they are basically a pair of fashion sunglasses with a built-in camera that lets you record videos up to 30 seconds long and then share them on the social media platform.

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Once the glasses are paired to your smartphone, you can start recording video by pressing the button on the top left side, above the camera. The sunglasses also have an indicator on the right side that lets people know when you are recording something. You can learn more about them by checking out our Snapchat Spectacles review.

If you’re interested in getting your hands on a pair of Snapchat Spectacles, just visit Amazon’s website via the button below.