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How To Set Up Alexa On Android?

How To Set Up Alexa On Android?

How to set up Alexa on Android

Amazon Alexa, also known simply as Alexa, is a virtual assistant technology developed by Amazon, first used in the Amazon Echo smart speaker and the Echo Dot, Echo Studio and Amazon Tap speakers developed by Amazon Lab126. It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, sports, and other real-time information, such as news.

 According to Wikipedia, Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation system. Users are able to extend the Alexa capabilities by installing “skills” (additional functionality developed by third-party vendors, in other settings more commonly called apps) such as weather programs and audio features. It uses NLU (natural language understanding), speech recognition and other weak AI to perform these tasks.

Most devices with Alexa allow users to activate the device using a wake-word (such as Alexa or Amazon); other devices (such as the Amazon mobile app on iOS or Android and Amazon Dash Wand) require the user to click a button to activate Alexa’s listening mode, although, some phones also allow a user to say a command, such as “Alexa” or “Alexa wake”.

In September 2019, Amazon launched many new devices achieving many records while competing with the world’s smart home industry. The new Echo Studio became the first smart speaker with 360 sound and Dolby sound. Other new devices included an Echo dot with a clock behind the fabric, a new third-generation Amazon Echo, Echo Show 8, a plug-in Echo device, Echo Flex, Alexa built-in wireless earphones, Echo buds, Alexa built-in spectacles, Echo frames, an Alexa built-in Ring, and Echo Loop.

You can pair a variety of home appliances and electronics with the Alexa app. If you want to use Alexa on your Android smartphone, you can do so by downloading the app from the Google Play Store.

How to set up Alexa on Android?

How to set up Alexa on Android
Alexa App on Android

To set up Alexa on Android follow the below steps:

  1. Download and install Amazon Alexa from the Google Play Store

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2. Tap on the Amazon Alexa app icon to open the app

3. Log in to your existing Amazon account information, then tap Sign In. If you do not have an Amazon account, you can create one.

4. Verify and select your name from the list under Help Alexa Get to Know You. You can also tap on I’m Someone Else and provide your information.

5. Select on the Allow option if you want to give Amazon permission to upload your contacts. You can also tap on the Later option.

6. Click on Next on the following screens. You will get a overview the app interface.

7. When on the Alexa app home screen, swipe Up to explore the different things Alexa can do.

How to customize Alexa?

1. Tap on the Amazon Alexa app icon to open the app,
2. Tap on the Devices at the bottom option.
3. Tap on the All Devices option
4. Tap Alexa on this Phone.
5. On the following screens, you can customize your region, time zone, and preferred measurement units.

Features of Alexa App

Following are the features of ALexa App

• Discover and enable recommended Alexa skills
• Pick up where you left off directly from the Home feed with lists, shopping, or recently played Music and Books
• Set up your Alexa-enabled devices, control or check the status of your compatible smart lights, locks and thermostats at home or on the go
• Create routines to automate your smart home devices

  • Connect to music services like Amazon Music. Choose a song or playlist and listen on your Alexa-enabled devices
  • Create speaker groups to play music across your compatible Echo devices for multi-room music
  • View and edit shopping and to-do lists on the go, get weather and news updates, manage timers and alarms, and more
  • Use Drop In from your app to connect instantly with your compatible Echo devices, like a two-way intercom
  • Call or message supported Alexa-enabled devices, at no additional cost

The app can be used by owners of Alexa-enabled devices to install skills, control music, manage alarms, and view shopping lists. It also allows users to review the recognized text on the app screen and to send feedback to Amazon concerning whether the recognition was good or bad. A web interface is also available to set up compatible devices (e.g., Amazon Echo, Amazon Dot, Amazon Echo Show).

What all can Alexa do?

Alexa app
Alexa app

Alexa can perform a number of preset functions out-of-the-box such as set timers, share the current weather, create lists, access Wikipedia articles, and many more things.

Users say a designated “wake word” (the default is simply “Alexa”) to alert an Alexa-enabled device of an ensuing function command. Alexa listens for the command and performs the appropriate function, or skill, to answer a question or command. When questions are asked, Alexa converts sound waves into text which allows it to gather information from various sources. Behind the scenes, the data gathered is then sometimes passed to a variety of sources including WolframAlpha, iMDB, AccuWeather, Yelp, Wikipedia, and others to generate suitable and accurate answers.

Alexa-supported devices can stream music from the owner’s Amazon Music accounts and have built-in support for Pandora and Spotify accounts. Alexa can play music from streaming services such as Apple Music and Google Play Music from a phone or tablet.

In addition to performing pre-set functions, Alexa can also perform additional functions through third-party skills that users can enable. Some of the most popular Alexa skills in 2018 included “Question of the Day” and “National Geographic Geo Quiz” for trivia; “TuneIn Live” to listen to live sporting events and news stations; “Big Sky” for hyper local weather updates; “Sleep and Relaxation Sounds” for listening to calming sounds; “Sesame Street” for children’s entertainment; and “Fitbit” for Fitbit users who want to check in on their health stats.

In 2019, Apple, Google, Amazon, and Zigbee Alliance announced a partnership to make smart home products work together.

Which sports updates does Alexa support?

Alexa sports
Alexa offers news and updates on various sports

Amazon Alexa allows the user to hear updates on supported sports teams. A way to do this is by adding the sports games team to the list created under Alexa’s Sports Update app section. 

The user is able to hear updates on 15 supported sports leagues

IPL – Indian Premier League

MLS – Major League Soccer

EPL/BPL – English Premier League/Barclays Premier League

NBA – National Basketball Association

NCAA men’s basketball – National Collegiate Athletic Association

UEFA Champions League – Union of European Football Association

FA Cup – Football Association Challenge Cup

MLB – Major League Baseball

NHL – National Hockey League

NCAA FBS football – National Collegiate Athletic Association: Football Bowl Subdivision

NFL – National Football League

German Bundesliga 2nd Division

WNBA – Women’s National Basketball Association

German Bundesliga 1st Division

WWE – World Wrestling Entertainment

Note that Alexa for Business is a paid subscription service allowing companies to use Alexa to join conference calls, schedule meeting rooms, and custom skills designed by 3rd-party vendors.