Alexa will soon be able to launch and control iOS and Android apps
In the near future, we will be able to launch and navigate between Android and iOS apps using Alexa voice commands. Today Amazon released a number of new developer tools. The most interesting could be Alexa for Appswhich allows developers to add Alexa features to their apps Android and iOS.
Amazon has tested the tool with companies such as TikTok, Uber, Yellow Pages And Sonic. So we can already ask Alexa to start your TikTok registration or open the Sonic app so you can check the menu. If we book an Uber ride through Alexa, the voice assistant will ask you if we want to see the position of the driver on a map in the app. If you want a taste of Alexa’s features you can take a look at the video dedicated to TikTok below.
More and more features thanks to Alexa for Apps
As more developers use the tool, we will be able to ask Alexa to open app, perform quick searches, view more information and access key functions. It will work via the Alexa app, Alexa built-in phones, or mobile accessories such as Echo Buds.
This could give Alexa an advantage over other voice assistants such as Siri and Google Assistant because it will allow Alexa to bridge the iOS-Android gap. But it could also be more work for developers. Many apps already work with both Siri and Google Assistant and will now need to work with Alexa as well. Alexa for Apps is still in preview and interested developers may require early access.