Alexa can now be your default assistant on Android

Alexa can now be your voice assistant on a variety of Android phones, however the change only works for the home button and you won’t be able to access Alexa directly via your voice.

Alternatives like Microsoft’s Cortana were already available to play with Android Phones, but now, Amazon’s have joined the mix too.

Android users can now swap Alexa in as their default voice assistant.

First spotted on Reddit and picked up by SlashGear, this has been confirmed by cnet who were immediately able to confirm that the new feature works on Google’s own Pixel and Pixel 2 phones, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. That’s noteworthy given the long-simmering tensions between the search giant and Amazon, the latter leaving Google products like the Chromecast media streamer or the Google Home smart speaker out of its store.

Google, in return, has restricted Amazon’s access to YouTube on its Fire TV streamers and on the touchscreen-equipped Amazon Echo Show (the devices can access YouTube, but through browser-based interfaces, not native apps).

Still, that hasn’t stopped Google from allowing Alexa into the Android universe. To enable her, you’ll need to have the Alexa app installed on your device. From there, navigate to “Assist app” in your device settings and select “Amazon Alexa.” Just know that this will only make Alexa the default long press assistant — you’ll still get the Google Assistant when you say “OK Google” (and your phone won’t wake up when you say “Alexa,” either).

 

It’s currently unclear if this is tied to a specific software release or a set list of devices… read more at cnet.com

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