Watch celebrities fill-in for Alexa in Amazon's hilarious Super Bowl ad

Amazon Alexa Can Now Send Text Messages to Any Number in the US

However, this latest feature will be the first time that people are able to send a message to someone who doesn't already own an Alexa-powered device.

To set things up, you'll need to follow some steps through the Alexa app on Android. Select "Contacts", then "My Profile". Messages sent from the Alexa app could only be received by other Alexa app users. However, if you ask her to "send a text", Alexa will send a regular text message to the contact of your choice.

Amazon's just gained another useful new trick: It can now send text messages... but only if you have an Android phone.

The feature builds upon the previously launched Alexa messaging feature. Right now, it remains unclear when Amazon will bring the feature to Apple's iOS platform, but we'll let you know when it happens.

The feature is now only available to people with Android phones which run version 5.0 and up.

More news: Fornite Announce New Sniper Game Mode for Battle Royale

Keep in mind that asking Alexa to "send a message" will not send a SMS.

The change is part of a 90-second ad running during Sunday's Super Bowl LII, called "Alexa Loses Her Voice". Also, the new feature would work only if the user has the Alexa app installed on an Android phone, and the smartphone is linked with the Alexa device.

The smart speaker market is booming with estimates pegging usage in America at about 39 million users combined for the Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Enabling Alexa SMS messaging is really easy. You can make phone calls to other Echo devices or most regular phone numbers in Canada, the USA and Mexico. However, at that point, the feature was only available for Alexa's ecosystem, and not other devices outside of it.

Related News:

  • Mark Dantonio denies allegations concerning handling of sexual assault complaints

    Mark Dantonio denies allegations concerning handling of sexual assault complaints

    Meanwhile, reports from ESPN accuse the school's football and basketball programs of hiding a culture of sexual assault . While Johnson stopped short of defending Izzo, he offered to help him and others who have influence at Michigan State.
    Killed in Shooting at Car Wash in Pennsylvania; Gunman Among 2 Injured

    Killed in Shooting at Car Wash in Pennsylvania; Gunman Among 2 Injured

    This happens in Pittsburgh, not here", Dick Kalp, who lives behind a nearby convenience store and called police, said. Another woman in the rear seat of the extended cab pickup truck only suffered injuries from broken glass.
    Grammys 2018: Bruno Mars wins 6 out of 6, dominates awards list

    Grammys 2018: Bruno Mars wins 6 out of 6, dominates awards list

    Kesha, who earned her first pair of Grammy nominations for an album reflecting her battle with former producer and mentor Dr. So was Childish Gambino, who was also nominated in those three categories but won only for Best Traditional R&B Performance.
  • Rose McGowan lists Hollywood Hills contemporary

    Rose McGowan lists Hollywood Hills contemporary

    The actress said that after the incident, she attended a photo opportunity for a film where she told a co-star about the incident. You want to objectify me? Asked whether she has any peace of mind, McGowan said it was nice to be able to speak for herself.
    Jen Selter Got Kicked Off a Flight

    Jen Selter Got Kicked Off a Flight

    GMA reports that American Airlines offered Selter complimentary hotel accommodation for the night, but she declined. According to TMZ , Selter and her sister were on a delayed flight home for more than two and half hours.
    J&K police charge Army unit, Major with murder

    J&K police charge Army unit, Major with murder

    Internet speed has also been curtailed in Kashmir and train services between Banihal and Baramulla have been suspended for today. A senior police officer confirmed that an FIR was filed at the Shopian police station against the army's 10th Garhwal unit.
  • LG Announces New G6, Q6 Color Options Ahead Of MWC 2018

    LG Announces New G6, Q6 Color Options Ahead Of MWC 2018

    LG says the new color variants will first be available in Korea next month before launching in other key markets across the globe. The smartphone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS and it is backed by a 3,000mAh non-removable battery.
    The Knicks' options as Joakim Noah fight becomes clearer

    The Knicks' options as Joakim Noah fight becomes clearer

    If the Knicks were to find a team to take Noah, they likely would have to take back another bad contract. The argument occurred at the Knicks' practice on Wednesday in Denver and led to Noah leaving the team.
    Apple reportedly cuts Q1 iPhone X production in half

    Apple reportedly cuts Q1 iPhone X production in half

    The LCD version is expected to come in the price range between $650 and $750 and feature a 6.1-inch display. Nikkei goes on to suggest that Apple could cut its forecast production of new OLED models for this year.
  • Documents reveal second person of interest in Las Vegas gun massacre

    Documents reveal second person of interest in Las Vegas gun massacre

    The coroner and county attorneys didn't immediately say whether they would appeal Williams' ruling to the Nevada Supreme Court. Haig sold Paddock ammunition the month before the October attack that killed 58 people dead and wounded hundreds of others.
    Taiwan holds live-fire drills as tensions with China mount

    Taiwan holds live-fire drills as tensions with China mount

    They included a northbound route known as M503, which travels up the Taiwan Strait that divides China from the self-ruling island. Both airlines are in the process of reimbursing or rescheduling flights for those who booked tickets with them.
    Results of Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi

    Results of Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi

    The Syrian National Dialogue Congress kicked off in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday. Euronews reporter in Sochi , Galina Polonskaya, summed up what the conference had been about.


Most liked

Starr: Mueller should investigate whether Trump lied
McCarthy said Trump and his staff have "fully cooperated" with the investigation. On Friday, the president dismissed as "fake news" a New...

At least 3 killed as helicopter crashes into house in Newport Beach
Upon arriving at the scene she said she "saw one man out, I'm not sure if he fell out, and there was body parts". The crash initially happened around 1:50 p.m. local time in Newport Beach, NBC Los Angeles reported.

Before Trump's State speech, Pornstar Daniels denies affair with Prez
She has been trying to stay out of the public eye ever since, the sources said, reports the New York Post . Trump juggling dual roles-putting her son first while also fulfilling some of her duties as First Lady".

JP predicts ODI runfest‚ but without injured AB
At the same time, the Men in Blue will be intent on winning their first-ever bilateral ODI series on the South African soil. But De Villiers will miss the first three games because of a finger injury he suffered during the third Test.

On China visit, Britain's May focused on post-Brexit future
Mr Trump said: "Around the world, we face rogue regimes, terrorist groups and rivals like China and Russian Federation that challenge our interests, our economy, and our values".

Some in GOP heed call to return Wynn money, post-allegations
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission said Friday it is launching a review following the allegations published by the Journal . Wynn has given more than $1.5 million to the RNC and other campaign committees in the past five years.

LS Speaker Sumitra Mahajan calls meeting of House leaders
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar called the meeting "fruitful" and said the PM urged the leaders to make the session successful.

How Fitbits and trackers are exposing world's military secrets
Australia's military base Pine Gap is included in the heat map , along with what appears to be a routine patrol lap. Former British army officer Nick Waters tweeted that the information "could be turned into actionable intelligence".

N.Korea Calls for Permanent Halt of Joint Drills with US
A CNN investigation past year found a number of North Korea-connected front companies operating in Hong Kong. The U.S.is encouraging China and Russian Federation - where they are living - to kick them out.

Arsenal edging towards £60m Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deal
He and Chelsea make a good fit, with the reigning champions desperate to sign a physically imposing back-up for Alvaro Morata. Their report states that Chelsea are a possible destination for the Frenchman as they are chasing a target man.

Nhl All-Star Game To Be Played In San Jose Next Year
Each division (Atlantic, Central, Pacific and Metropolitan) will have its own team made up of players from within those divisions. Could that circumstance change at some point in the future? James Neal scored with 3:03 to play to put the Pacific on top.

Coordinated gunfire and bombings rock Kabul military academy
Earlier, a source inside the camp said explosions and gunfire could be heard coming from the direction of the entrance. He said two insurgents were killed in the gun battle and one was arrested by soldiers.

Spat: Spain Declares Venezuelan Ambassador 'Persona Non Grata'
The Venezuelan ambassador is not now in Spain, because he had been recalled for consultations with the Venezuelan government, de Vigo noted.

Man sucked into MRI machine dies, 3 held
Protesting the hospital's apathy and lack of help following the incident, members of Maru's family occupied the office of Dean Dr. Since Maru was stuck with his hand holding the cylinder, he inhaled the liquid oxygen, which caused him to become unconscious.

New details on Amber Alert for missing NC 4-year-old
Raul Johnson was reported missing on Wednesday and an Amber Alert was issued for the boy in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Friday, FBI and the Sheriff explained they have not drained the pond because they need permission from the landowner.