Voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant are convenient and useful. But talking to them is not always practical. If you prefer Google Assistant, you can type it in instead, but Alexa users have been unlucky. So far, you can now text Alexa instead of saying a command. At least if you’re using an iOS preview.
The ambient first spotted the change, and for now, this appears to be an iOS-only test. If you have access to public preview, you should see a new keyboard option when you open the Alexa app.
The company confirmed the test to The Verge, stating:
Type with Alexa is a public preview feature available to customers of the iOS Alexa app that allows you to interact with Alexa without using voice, which means anything you can currently say to Alexa can now also be entered at using your Alexa mobile app. Type with Alexa is available for iOS customers in the United States.
What is not clear is to what extent the test is being rolled out or when it will be available on Android. The ability to tap on a voice assistant is nothing new; you can already type on Google Assistant and Cortana. But until now, it was voice only with Alexa.
Hopefully the feature will be rolled out to more users and platforms soon.
via The ambient