Amazon has partnered with OEMs before to bring its Alexa voice assistant to a variety of devices. Now, the company is expanding its reach to all Android smartphones and compatible tablets with an update to the Alexa app that adds Alexa voice functionality. Previously, you could only manage your Alexa profile from the app.
Mind you, the feature may not be what you expect. While you can launch Alexa by opening the app and hitting the blue button at the bottom of your screen, you can’t use the Alexa hotword to make commands from anywhere on your device. In other words, you’ll have to open the Alexa app each time you wanna use the assistant. An update that enables “Alexa” recognition may come in the future, but for now, you’ll need to follow a process.
That being said, if you’ve wanted Alexa on your device for some time, today’s your lucky day. Amazon says its rolling out the update to all Android devices now and will expand to even more devices over the coming days. An iOS update that includes the same feature will come in the near future. You can download the latest version of the Amazon Alexa for Android from the Play Store here.