Super Bowl ad preview: Amazon's Alexa loses her voice in amusing spot

Super Bowl ad preview: Amazon's Alexa loses her voice in amusing spot

If you're now the proud owner of an Echo device you'll know that you can send messages between Echo devices, but this new feature allows you to send more traditional text messages using only your voice.

If you bought an Echo smart speaker and Alexa lost her voice, it's fair to say you'd be pretty peeved.

The feature, however, comes with a bit downside, it is compatible only with Android devices. Alexa will ask you who you want to send your message to. Still, now you can simply say, "Alexa send a text message to dad" and it will do so, using your Android phone as a conduit.

Through Transport for NSW's Real-time Intelligent Transport Assistant (RITA), Alexa will provide commuters with access to real time train, ferry and light rail arrival information on devices such as Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Dot as of 1 February.

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Now, before you get too far with the feature, be aware that there are some very big caveats that might give you some pause. It didn't say when it would roll out SMS support to Alexa's worldwide markets. Alexa users will receive instructions on how to set this up through their mobile app. Amazon claims it can not add the SMS feature to Apple devices since the latter doesn't offer messaging API to third-parties.

"In NSW, we know transport is no longer just about building infrastructure and running services, but embracing new technology to provide the best services for our customers". However, by switching over to SMS, you can send texts to anyone in your contacts. The message will appear in text form on the recipient's Android smartphone. Firstly the SMS feature needs to be toggled on.

Last year, Amazon also introduced a feature that would allow Echo users to call and message for free. From there, select "Contacts" then "My Profile" and enable the "Send SMS" option.

SMS texting should be rolling out now to all Amazon devices that are Alexa-enabled and support messaging and calling, though the new feature isn't available yet on third-party Alexa speakers.

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