Amazon Alexa can now be used to send SMS to Android smartphones

Amazon has quietly updated its Alexa assistant once again - this time, adding the ability to send SMS text messages. Things take a particularly dark turn when Anthony Hopkins seems to channel Hannibal Lecter as one user asks to call her boyfriend, with the real Alexa then stepping in to say that she'll "take it from here".

As TechCrunch highlights, getting set up to send SMS messages with Alexa requires a small bit of prep. In 2016, eight months after Echo's launch, Amazon splashed out on its very first Super Bowl ad, putting the smart speaker (oh, and Alec Baldwin) front and center.

Amazon's Alexa can now send SMS text messages, but only if you have an Android Phone. What's this new feature?

Transport for NSW worked in collaboration with services provider, Serco and self-service customer experience management solutions provider, Creative Virtual for Transport for RITA's skill integration with Amazon's Alexa. If not, Amazon will send a standard SMS instead. You also need an Android device (v5.0 and higher) with the Alexa app installed.

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This feature is now only available on Android devices. Users can say the message aloud and the speakers will pick it up and then Alexa will send the message right away.

Sending SMS feature doesn't work with third-party Alexa devices at this moment, but that could change in the future.

With the same smart-assistant capabilies as the other Echo products, Amazon is hoping for the Spot to be seen as another entry-point into their smart-device ecosystem.

The Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots will play Sunday in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. Firstly, head over to the Conversations tab on Amazon Alexa application and enable the Send SMS feature hidden under the Contacts section.

  • Desiree Holland