Amazon has given the Alexa app its first major redesign

Just in time for next week’s release of the new Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Plus, and other new Alexa hardware, Amazon has just updated the Alexa app with a completly revamped interface. This is the first major overhaul that the app has ever received. The most notable change, other than the look and feel of the app, is a new device tab that makes it easier than ever to control all of your smart home devices from a single screen. Read more ›

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You can now talk to Alexa through the Alexa app on Android, with iOS coming soon

Alexa is being added to all sorts of apps and devices, but it has been notably missing in Amazon’s Alexa app. That finally changes because Amazon is starting to roll out an update to the Alexa app on Android that adds an Alexa button front and center which lets you talk to Alexa. Read more ›

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Amazon’s Alexa app can now set light colors and control thermostats

A few months ago, Amazon revamped the smart home section of their Alexa app and, in the process, made it possible to control lights directly from the app. This turned the app into a central hub where various lights, regardless of manufacturer, could be controlled from a single interface. Amazon has since expanded the app’s capabilities by adding control for lights and temperature control for connected thermostats. Read more ›

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You can now control smart home devices from within Amazon’s Alexa app

Amazon’s Alexa app has gained the ability to control smart home devices from within the app. Prior to this change, the Alexa app was only used to configure smart home devices so that Alexa could control them. Now the app can serve as a central hub where smart home devices from different manufacturers can be controlled through a single interface. Control through the Alexa app is currently limited to lights. You can control their brightness and power state, but cannot control their color. Cameras and thermostats also appear in the redesigned smart home interface in the Alexa app, but they cannot be controlled.

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Amazon’s Alexa app drops support for Android 4.x and iOS 8 devices

Amazon has just updated their Alexa app compatibility page and changed the minimum Android version from 4.4 to 5.0 and the minimum iOS version to 9.0. The iOS minimum requirement is already in place in the iTunes Appstore, but the Android minimum version is still set to 4.4 in the Google Play Store. This could indicate even more major updates are on the horizon for the Alexa app, since bumping up the minimum OS requirement usually means a feature is being added that requires new hardware and APIs. Read more ›

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