Alexa now allows you to place calls and send messages on tablets


The new benefit is another way Amazon is working to connect Alexa, the voice assistant operating Echo speakers, to as many of its services as possible.

The best news here is that you are able to now send messages and make phone calls using Alexa on your iOS or Android tablet. When the user asked why it did, Alexa replied, "I'm sorry, I'm not sure". One fix will involve disabling the phrase: "Alexa, laugh", and they have also changed the command to "Alexa, can you laugh?" Now, the company is aiming towards the expansion of their Virtual Assistant's availability to more platforms and devices.

Android and iOS setup includes extra steps.

That turns the Alexa app into a VoIP service that lets you keep in touch with anyone that owns an Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Echo Show, or any other device running the Alexa app. In addition, there were messaging features and the ability to make calls using the Alexa app through one's smartphone. With the update, anyone that has the Alexa app downloaded on their tablets can now set up calls, meaning you don't need to have an Echo on your shelf to take advantage of free calls and messages. How easy it is depends on the device.

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As for other devices, users will have to open the Alexa app and head over to conversations before selecting a contact and pressing call. Even, needless to say, just mentioning the word Alexa can get her going and seeking a command.

But if you are seriously creeped out by it - you could unplug the device until Amazon releases the fix for the glitch.

However, with the new opt-in feature, Alexa will listen for five seconds after the first response.