Alexa is now available on the androids and can be moreover compared to the google assistant. With technology advancing day by day, we see the development of new androids and devices on a faster note in the market. Though we have the google assistsnt for the android devices, Amazon Alexa has come into competition and is winning hearts already. The Amazon Alexa developed by the Amazon lab 126, is being used as a substitute for the google voice assistant in the android devices lately. Amazon Alexa is an intelligent personal virtual assistant primely installed in the smart speakers like Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot. The virtual assistant tends to wake up on being called ‘Alexa’. The features of Alexa include voice interaction, music playback, streaming podcasts, making to-do lists, playing audio books, setting alarms and providing, weather, traffic and sports and other real-time information. Furthermore, third-party users have added more capabilities to Alexa with the help of apps to make it more reliable and handy.
Most devices with Alexa previously installed in them, go by the wake word ‘Alexa’. The activation of a push button is required for some devices like the Amazon mobile app on the Android to talk with Alexa. Here is how you download the Amazon Alexa on to your mobile.
- Make sure you have an android that’s above 5.0.
- DOWNLOAD AMAZON ALEXA APP FROM GOOGLE PLAY STORE
Download the latest version of the Amazon Alexa app
- MAKE AMAZON ALEXA THE DEFAULT APP
One the installation completes, go the settings and open apps and notifications. Select default apps and from assistant voice ad input choose Alexa as your default assistant app
- LONG PRESS THE HOME BUTTON
Long press on the home button and instead of google assistant Amazon Alexa will appear.
- THE AMAZON ALEXA APP
Your Amazon app opens after you long press the home button.
- ENTER AMAZON CREDENTIALS
Enter your Amazon account credentials or quickly set up an Amazon account to log into the Alexa app.
- ALLOW PERMISSIONS
Click on setup and then allow permissions which the app asks for.
- PERMISSIONS LIKE CONTACTS, AUDIO AND LOCATION
Give permissions that the Alexa ask for like the contacts, record audio, and location of the device.
- ALEXA SETUP IS DONE
After completing the setup, you’re good to go to use the Alexa app.
- LONG PRESS HOME BUTTON, TO USE ALEXA
You cant use the Alexa hot word to trigger Alexa, which means you’ll have to long-press the home button every time you need to activate Alexa for your voice commands.
In the end, alexa could be used as the virtua assistant other than the google assistant. The google assistant responds on being called ‘Ok Google’ while amazon alexa doesn’t do that. Since alexa is new on the the android version, there are a few bugs to be fixed compared to the google assistant. In the end Amazon Alexa works pretty fine as a virtual assistant and is definitely worth the shot.