Amazon brings voice control to Alexa iOS app

Amazon is rolling out an update for its Alexa iOS app that will finally give iOS users full access to Alexa voice control directly from their Apple device.

It’s a feature Android users have had since the start of the year.

Predictably though, Apple isn’t allowing Amazon’s Alexa to replace its own Siri voice assistant - so rather than being able to launch a command simply by saying “Alexa”, iPhone and iPad users have to first go into the Alexa app to activate it.

From there they will be able to use their own voice to control music playback or smart home accessories, ask questions, and take advantage of other Alexa skills.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.