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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 is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time 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 horror movies and hunting for gluten-free cake.