Alexa is now in the Amazon shopping app in iOS

The Amazon shopping app already lets you search for products using your voice, but the new Alexa integration "goes far beyond search", Amazon said.

Amazon is maintaining the existing Alexa app as well, which users will need to tweak settings. However, it can likewise control your smart home, play your music or Kindle books, respond to queries, know the news and climate, and exploit Alexa's expansions.

Simply open up the Amazon app and you'll see a microphone icon at the top of the screen.

While this isn't the first time Alexa has been on a smartphone - third parties have made it happen already - this is the first time it's coming directly from Amazon. Then there are the usual ones like defining words, completing conversations with smart answers, checking the news, weather, traffic and making simple calculations. The company's move allows devs with a published Alexa skill to apply for the programme and receive an additional $100 per month in AWS promotional credits, should they incur extra charges for their skill.

The retail giant has revealed that its digital voice assistant will be featured on iPhones all over the world through an update to its main application, Amazon App. More specifically, you will now be able to tell your robot vacuum cleaner to start, stop, and pause cleaning. From there, the Amazon app makes it possible to request audio updates about the status of a package while it's in transit, which should be particularly convenient when purchasing multiple items that each have a separate delivery date. In doing so, however, Alexa is on a collision course with Apple's chatty iPhone companion, Siri. You can control HomeKit-compatible devices with Siri in the same way that you can control Alexa-compatible devices with Amazon's assistant.

Amazon said the feature began rolling out today, and should be available to all users within the United States by sometime next week.

  • Patricia Jimenez