Amazon's Alexa app now supports voice commands

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Alexa is coming to your phone. 1 spot on the App Store charts on December 25 and stayed there for a few days after the holiday.

After the much-anticipated integration between Cortana and Alexa was delayed last month, Amazon bringing its digital assistant to upcoming Windows 10 PCs this year was one of the biggest news of CES 2018.

TechCrunch notes that Amazon has been slow to make progress integrating Alexa into smartphones, even though the retail giant dominates the smart speaker market. That changes today on Android and on iOS soon.

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Alexa users sign up to receive hourly news updates, and they can also get pictures of wanted and missing people sent to their smart device.

It's not the first time that Alexa has been available on a smartphone, but in the past it only appeared on devices like the Huawei Mate 9 or Motorola Moto X4 as a result of special partnership deals. You simply open the app, tap the blue circle icon, and speak out your request. The company has also launched a development kit to help vendors bring the technology to other mobile gadgets such as headphones, smartwatches, and fitness devices. Numerous initial reviews of Amazon's Echo Show focused on the device's capabilities as a hands-free helper in the kitchen, where people could ask to see videos like cooking how-to's while they their hands were full with other tasks.

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