Amazon Replaces Alexa With Celebrities in Super Bowl LII Ad

01 February, 2018, 01:09 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • Don't be tempted to give your speakers amusing names- you'll regret later

It's a clever, amusing ad that just might be our favorite so far.

There's no word as to when or even if the ability to send SMS text messages via Alexa will come to iOS users.

In 2017, Amazon added the "make and receive a phone call" and "send messages" features to Alexa. Just ask Alexa to "Send a message" and it will attempt to send it to the recipient's Alexa devices or via SMS with a written transcript and link to the audio file (see below), which lasts for 24 hours.

You need a supported Echo device to send SMS messages.

Alexa devices gain SMS functionality in the latest update.

Compared to rival voice assistants, Amazon has been slow to introduce a text messaging feature.

For one, the feature is only available on Android devices.

Alexa is the name for Amazon's artificial intelligence program.

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Drivers or passengers can ask Alexa to play music and get directions.

Toyota and Lexus are the first carmakers to adopt the Alexa Onboard technology.

Jeff Bezos takes a cameo role in the ad, fixing his menacing stare on an underling when she tells him the bad news that Alexa has lost her voice.

Gadget makers are flocking to create smart speakers.

A speaker might help customers stay loyal to other services such as Apple Music, Apple Watch, Apple TV and AirPods. However, the messaging was restricted to Amazon's ecosystem only and not to other devices.

Amazon Echo uses Microsoft's Bing search engine to provide additional information, while Google Home uses the company's own Google Search.

Additionally, you can just say "Alexa, send a text" if you want to force it to just send an SMS and not try sending a message to someone else's Alexa app.

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