Alexa loses her voice?

Don't be tempted to give your speakers amusing names- you'll regret later

It all starts after the machine malfunctions, leading the Amazon team to quickly round up a star-studded team of replacements to substitute for Alexa in the meantime. The new service will let people use their Alexa-enabled devices to send a message to anyone in their contacts list, as long as you have an Android-powered device.

What's needed to send an SMS via Alexa?

However, Amazon's AI assistant is still incapable of reading messages to the users.

Approach your Echo device, which should be powered on and connected to your local Wi-Fi, and say, "Send an SMS to [contact name]".

Alexa's competitors already have messaging features; for instance, Google Home can send text messages, and with the upcoming Apple Homepod, users will be able to ask Siri to send 'iMessages'.

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Thanks to a new software update, you can now use Alexa to deliver SMS text messages to any phone. This means that Amazon can't now set up the service for iPhone users.

When will iOS users get this feature?

Amazon's smart speaker is available in two versions - the full sized $180 (£145) Echo shown here, and a smaller, $50 (£40) version called the Echo Dot. However, now we know what the company was aiming for, for it to be used like a phone. Amazon's newest Super Bowl ad teases that the digital assistant "lost her voice", something that takes the world by surprise including the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Google's Assistant software is also able to answer follow-up questions on the same topic, in a near-conversation style, but Echo as yet can not.

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