Amazon rolling out Alexa to its Android shopping app

Marcus Newton
July 22, 2017

So it looks like Alexa will be coming to the Amazon shopping app on Android some time this week. This week, Android phone owners can finally get a glimpse of the "most skilled" artificial intelligence-powered assistant right through the Amazon app. The e-commerce site recently confirmed to TechCrunch that the integration has started rolling out this week.

Yesterday one Twitter user received a pop-up when opening his Amazon shopping app for Android. The events, run by Amazon and sponsored by Intel, will teach developers through hands-on learning experience focused on building skills in programming for Alexa devices to create everything from smart home apps to games.

Alexa in the Android app works much the same as it does on Echo. But this development - where you can ask Alexa about news, weather, and other things - was available for iPhone users only. The voice assistant is now discoverable on the Amazon app but has not been enabled yet.

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Amazon is likely relying on it's flagship retailer app's massive reach to market Alexa's capabilities to a bigger customer base, including those who don't know what Alexa is or what she does. In fact, they feel like it is more like an Alexa demo than a daily functionality. The Californian firm was also reportedly negotiating with Google and IBM before agreeing to sell itself to Amazon, people familiar with the negotiations said.

Users will be able to take full advantage of Alexa integration on their Android handsets. Feel free to sound off in the comments section below!

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