I’ve recently touted Amazon’s Echo and Dot over the Google Home smart speaker. The main reason the Amazon Echo family is better is due to its release almost two years ago while Google’s smart speaker just came out. It’s integrated with much more products.
“Amazon Echo is ahead of the curve in terms of voice recognition technology and functionality,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Device and Network Services Marketing of AT&T.
For those of you who have AT&T wireless service and an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, you will be able to send text messages through the Alexa assistant starting November 19th.
“Alexa, send mom a text message saying, ‘I love you. Happy Birthday'” It’s as simple as that. The messages will show up on your existing phone number and smartphone. For those of you who don’t have an Echo or Echo Dot, you can grab one at Amazon.com where they are priced at $179 and $49 respectively. Starting tomorrow, www.att.com and AT&T retail stores will also be selling the Amazon smart speakers so you can check out just how awesome they are for yourself.
AT&T is the first carrier to integrate its services through the Alexa assistant and is further proof the battle for your home is a big one.
Keep in mind the Amazon Alexa assistant can do a whole lot more too. Not only can it play music and read audiobooks, but it can also control smart home devices like the Nest thermostat, Philips Hue Lights, and your entertainment center too. With the Echo or Echo Dot, you have the power to send texts and control you home simply by using your voice.
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