Amazon's Alexa can now send SMS messages to any phone

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Here's how it works: You have to say Alexa send a message with your inputs and Amazon will automatically detect whether the receiver has an Alexa-enabled device.

Just days before the Apple HomePod goes on sale with the ability to send iMessages with Siri, Amazon has made sending text messages possible with Alexa.

There are some catches outside of the Android requirement. After confirming the recipient, Alexa will ask what you want to send and then finally send the SMS using your mobile phone (carrier charges may apply). According to Venturebeat, Amazon doesn't plan to add iOS support because of the restrictions Apple places on its messaging API for third parties.

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Cardi B fills in for Alexa in a hilarious Super Bowl commercial that imagines what would happen if the Amazon device lost her voice. Following on from a strong Christmas campaign, the agency has risen to the Super Bowl challenge with an ad that has plenty of warmth and humour but zero schmaltz. The employees try to calm their leader by saying that they have replacements ready, but Bezos, demonstrating his acting range, does not appear convinced.

Alexa can now switch to a British accent, as well as, German. In Japan, the assistant is capable of speaking Japanese.

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