Alexa-to-Phone Calling

“Hey Alexa, call me a cab, would you?” Wait, what? Yep. That’s right! Amazon’s Alexa AI is now capable of making calls and sending messages to phone numbers in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

It works on Echo devices (Echo, Echo Show, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, but not on the Echo Tap seemingly) as well as through the Alexa app which was updated to add the function.

Alexa-to-phone calling

  • Added support for calling phone numbers through Echo devices in the US, Canada, Mexico from Echo devices.
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancements, including issues related to regional language support.
  • Launching calling and messaging in the UK

It’s also worth mentioning that Amazon flipped the switch on for Alexa-to-Alexa calling in the UK, Germany, and Austria, according to Android Police‘s Rita El Khoury.

Up until recently, I’ve always been a Google Home guy. But I got an Echo Dot a while back and have been using Alexa a bit more these days, and I’m starting to see where it has a few edges on Google Assistant. I don’t know enough to pass a final judgment at this time, but I will say Alexa has definitely piqued my interest.

Family and friends, what about you? Do you prefer Google Assistant, Alexa, or Bixby? Drop a vote in the poll below and then let us know why in the comment thread.

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  1. I’m biased. I voted for Google Assistant, since Amazon still doesn’t sell their Echo products in Canada. While it did Google can additional 4-5 months to get the Google Home here, the fact is, it’s here.

    What’s up, Amazon?

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