Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant is best known for being on its Echo line of speakers, but it's available on both iOS and Android. There's a dedicated Alexa app on both of those operating systems, but only iOS has Alexa built into the main Amazon app. However, that's changing very soon.
Looks like Alexa was just added to the Amazon app for Android! Who wants to try playing Deal or No Deal from their Amazon app? :) pic.twitter.com/vnxBW11pA8
Nick Schwab, a dedicated Alexa user (at least judging from his Twitter bio and feed), spotted this upcoming integration in his Amazon Android app. The picture that is attached came from the Alexa Android app. TechCrunch then reached out to Amazon, and although an official statement hasn't been issued, Amazon confirmed with TC that the integration is rolling out this week.
As TechCrunch noted, it might seem odd for Amazon to do this given that there's already a dedicated Alexa app, but the main Amazon app's massive userbase is a great way to reach potential Alexa/Echo customers. And since there was already a (somewhat useless) voice function in the Amazon app, the few people who used that might take a liking to Alexa. The Alexa that's built into the iOS Amazon app has fewer capabilities than the main app, but it can still do most things, like answer questions, provide news updates, talk about weather and traffic conditions, control smart home devices, and more.
The feature isn't live for everyone on Android just yet, but you should see it within the next few days. In the meantime, you can check out the Alexa app if you want to check Amazon's voice assistant out.