You can now use Alexa to send SMS messages

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Amazon is expanding Alexa's ability to send messages by allowing it to send SMS text messages to any phone, instead of just messaging other people through the Alexa app, via TechCrunch.

These are real text messages sent through your Android phone to other phones (doesn't matter what type) and not messages sent through the Alexa app. Alexa already has its own messaging system, however in order to work both the parties need to have an Alexa setup.

After enabling, you're ready to send normal SMS messages from Alexa using your voice. Firstly the SMS feature needs to be toggled on. The feature is only available for customers with Android phones ( v5.0 and higher). After this is completed and SMS messages are enabled, you can tell Alexa to "send a message" to someone on your contacts list. To set things up, navigate over to Conversations tab, then "Contacts", then "My Profile", then switch the "Send SMS" feature to on.

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This feature now sends SMS messages only to Android phones, because Apple is not offering its messaging APIs to third-parties. Alexa app had earlier earned the wrath of its users after it automatically imported contact details. If the recipient of said message owns an Echo, he/she will receive it through Amazon's Alexa messaging service. Some Alexa-powered devices, such as the Echo Show have the ability to do video calls as well.

Alexa devices gain SMS functionality in the latest update. According to Amazon, Alexa will follow the best way to send the message. On a related note, Alexa has always had the first movers advantage since it had a two-year head start with respect to Google Home.

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