Want to try out the voice command features of Amazon’s impressive Alexa voice services platform but don’t have an Amazon Echo, Tap, Echo Dot, or Triby? Maybe you’re interested in one of those devices, but don’t want to shell out the money without having an idea of what sort of performance you can expect? If you’re using an iPhone and don’t mind spending a few bucks you might just have a new solution. An iOS app called Lexi by Bluetoo Ventures replicates many of the Alexa voice command functions on your iPhone for only $4.99.
While you won’t get all of the bells and whistles that you’ll get with a full-fledged Amazon Echo or other third-party Alexa device, Lexi has most of the basics covered. You can ask Lexi for news, sports scores, or other information as you would be able to do with an Alexa powered device. You can order or re-order products on Amazon, and even use Lexi to place an order for the Amazon Echo Dot, which can currently only be ordered via another Alexa device. You can also use Lexi for smart home automation. Missing functionality includes Alexa’s music and book services. So you won’t be able to connect to your Amazon Music or Kindle libraries.
After downloading Lexi, you’ll sign in to your Amazon account — actually into your Amazon account, as Christina Warren at Mashable confirmed. You won’t be passing your credentials through the app. From there when the app is running, simply tap and hold on the screen and query as you would with your normal Alexa device. Instead of using the Alexa voice command as you would with a standalone device, you’ll start your Lexi queries with Lexi, as one might expect. “Lexi, what is the weather report today” or “Lexi, who won the hockey game last night” would be the format of queries asked of Lexi. After you’ve finished your query, lift your finger off of the screen, and Lexi will start to process your voice commands.
If you’re on the fence about an Alexa device but would really like to try out the voice command functions, $5 is a pretty low price of entry. If you’re on an iOS device and want to try out Lexi, you can grab it on iTunes here.
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