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.
First spotted by AndroidPolice, even if you have the latest version of the Alexa app, which lists a client version of 1.24.3555.0 and bridge version of 2.2.1010.0 in the app’s settings, the Alexa functionality may not yet be available. That’s because Amazon is rolling the feature out slowly. Most Android devices should receive the new feature within a week. A similar update will be bringing Alexa to iOS devices soon.
Amazon has confirmed to TechCrunch that “the Alexa app in its current form does not support wake word functionality.” That means you’ll need to press the Alexa button in the app and can’t just say “Alexa…” to issue a command.