If there's one thing people have come to love, it's Amazon's Alexa. Whatever it is you need (okay, within reason), Alexa is able to provide. But there's a small tweak Amazon is making to the Alexa app that'll make it even easier to use. Whether you have an iOS or Android, you'll be able to enjoy this new feature. Remember how you need to tap the blue Alexa button on your phone's screen to say a voice command? Well, in a couple of days, you won't have to do that any longer, as TechCrunch reports.
The only downfall is if you want to use the new "hands-free" feature, it'll only work if you have the app launched and continuously opened on your phone. Not great for those that are always trying to find new ways to save their battery. Or, if you're someone who has auto-lock on their phone, well, that will be an issue. But, of course, Amazon has a solution for those pesky problems. Doesn't Amazon always seem to have a solution? If you really want a phone that allows you to freely use Alexa, Amazon sells a variety of co-branded "Alex-Built In" smartphones. Amazon partnered with Android companies, including Motorola, Sony, and OnePlus.
That being said, not everyone wants to ditch their smartphone. If you have an iOS, you can use Siri to launch the Alexa app, and it works wonderfully. All you need to say is, "Hey Siri, open the Alexa app," and then unlock your iPhone. After that, you have Alexa in the palm of your hands. And if you have Face ID, you won't need to constantly type in your passcode.
Having the hands-free Alexa app makes things a lot easier for people who are multitaskers or have mobility impairments. People can easily get assistance, and for people with mobility impairments, they're able to have more independence and control. On Windows computers, Alexa is hands-free and has been so since last year.; Amazon's music app has been hands-free since 2017, where you can play and request music using voice commands. Surprisingly, devices from Amazon have come along way and quite advance in comparison to its competitors. This small, and what may seem as insignificant change, will be a huge feature for existing and future customers.
To be honest, we're pretty excited to see what Amazon is going to do next as the company focuses on pushing boundaries and creating devices and apps that are necessarily available from other companies. So, is Amazon's Alexa going hands-free? Yes. But this isn't where things end. We have a feeling Amazon will be coming out with something even more impressive in the near future.