An attendee uses a mobile device to take photograph before the start of the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday, June 13, 2016. Apple Inc. has lost ground to Alphabet Inc.’s Google in the hot voice-activated assistant space. By releasing a software kit at today’s Worldwide Developers Conference that lets programmers integrate Siri into their apps, it hopes to catch up with the maker of Google Now and the Android operating system — as well as Amazon.com Inc.’s Alexa virtual helper — and thus tie customers more closely to its iOS system. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Amazon’s voice-based digital assistant, Alexa, is now available through Apple mobile devices.
The retail giant has embedded Alexa into its iOS app, Amazon said Thursday. People with Amazon’s (amzn) app on their iPhone and iPads can use their voices to ask Alexa questions, check the weather, and order batteries directly from Amazon’s online store.
Amazon did not say when its Android app would incorporate Alexa.
Previously, people could use some of Alexa’s capabilities on their iPhones through several third-party vendors. But those apps didn’t have all of Alexa’s features like Amazon’s music streaming service.