- You can now ask Alexa to perform tasks on any Android or iOS device without tapping a button first.
- This only applies while the app is open.
- It should reach users within the next several days.
As with other hands-free Alexa devices, you just have to speak the keyword (â€œAlexaâ€� by default) when you want to check the weather, play music, or control your smart home. However, you do need the app open â€” Alexa wonâ€™t be waiting for your instructions in the background like it does with Amazonâ€™s tablets. Itâ€™s more convenient, then, but it wonâ€™t replace a smart speaker.
The feature will take several days to roll out worldwide, and you can always disable it if youâ€™re worried the app might pick up a command by accident. While this wonâ€™t be as powerful as built-in voice helpers like Google Assistant and Siri, it could make life easier if your household revolves around Amazonâ€™s ecosystem.