Amazon’s Alexa voice-assistant is now available on your iPhone, without requiring the actual Echo device. Amazon’s voice assistant is available via a paid app called Lexi, which is supported on all iOS 9.0 and above devices.
The app requires an Amazon account, and users will able to ask Alexa questions, place orders for Amazon products, re-order, remotely control their smart home devices and more on the app.
Lexi app lets users ask Alexa questions about the weather, news updates as well. It is similar to what Siri and Google now offer on the iPhone, however Alexa’s streaming music and books integration still needs Amazon Echo device, a cylinder-shaped speaker with Internet-connected microphones where Alexa is supported.
Alexa is competing against other voice-controlled services such as Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Google’s search engine. Amazon’s voice-assistant can now perform more than 300 tasks, such as hailing car rides, turning on lights and controlling home thermostats. The Echo now ranks among Amazon’s top-selling items in consumer electronics in the US.