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Alexa for Apps

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Amazon developing tool to let Alexa launch Android, iOS apps

Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant could soon launch apps on Android and iOS, bringing it more in line with competitors. Dubbed ‘Alexa for Apps,’ Amazon announced the new platform as part of its Alexa Live presentation. It will be available in preview starting July 22nd. Amazon’s vision for Alexa for Apps is to allow users to ask the voice assistant to, for example, open Twitter and look up a hashtag or launch TikTok and start recording a video. Alexa would leverage a companion skill — Amazon’s terms for Alexa integrations with other software — to launch an app and do an action. It’s worth noting that these are functions that Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant can do to varying degrees. Both voice assistants let you open apps on your ...