Exactly a month ago, Amazon confirmed that Alexa would be added to their Amazon Shopping app on Android device, just as it was added to the same app for iOS devices earlier this year. It has finally happened so Android phone users can now access Alexa on the go. Just be sure you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app and tap the microphone icon in the top-right corner to talk to Alexa the same way you do on Fire TV or Echo devices.
When you first press the microphone button in the Amazon Shopping app, you’ll be prompted to enable Alexa. Once you do so, you’ll be given a few examples of the types of things you can say to the voice assistant. Future presses of the microphone button will immediately jump you into talking to Alexa.
Nearly all of the Alexa capabilities available on devices like the Fire TV and Echo are available through the app. This includes access to all of the Alexa skills. The main thing that is not available through Alexa on Android devices is the ability to play streaming audio through 3rd-party services like Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, or Pandora. You can, however, play Amazon Music just fine.
When you initially enable Alexa in the Android app, you’ll be asked if you want to open the Alexa app to set your location settings. This is something you’ll want to do if you want to use any of the location dependent functions of Alexa, like checking the weather and asking for local business information. Alexa will not pull in your location from other Alexa devices or your Amazon account. You’ll need to go in and manually set this yourself.