Amazon is currently working on Alexa’s input capabilities on iOS devices. The new feature basically allows Alexa app users to send messages to Alexa instead of using voice. This is useful in public places and meetings. The company is currently testing this feature on iOS, but plans to move to Android later.
New features being rolled out as part of the public preview were first discovered by The Ambient publications. This new feature is available to iOS users in the Alexa smart home app.
Access by tapping the keyboard icon displayed in the upper left of the main menu of the app. According to an Amazon spokeswoman, “Type with Alexa” allows you to interact with Alexa without using voice. That is, “everything you can talk to Alexa right now can now be entered using the Alexa mobile app.”
“Type with Alexa is available to iOS customers in the United States.” However, the company does not say when this feature will be rolled out globally or on Android. The Google Assistant already has this feature.
Amazon will also add new features to the Alexa Virtual Assistant to speak to you in more languages. So far, Alexa was able to respond in two languages because it was able to respond automatically to English and other languages last year.
Users can now enable several additional languages (German, French, Canadian-French, Japanese, Spanish, US-Spanish, Hindi) in combination with English in the Alexa app.
(With IANS input)