IPhone users with Alexa devices can expect an updated app in the coming weeks. It’s getting a redesign, offering increased customization and a greater focus on first-party functionality (via Techcrunch).
The Alexa app to focus on personalization and features
Users will receive an updated home screen. Instead of the Alexa button being at the bottom, it will be bigger and at the top. This means that there is more room for the “Play” button. There will also be a reminder that users can say “Alexa” to start performing tasks. The app will also provide more guidance, such as guiding users through playing songs through Amazon Music or managing their Alexa shopping list. As you can see in the image above, the focus of the Home screen is now more personalized – recently read items, alarms, etc. Third-party “skills” have been moved to the “More” section.
Ultimately, Amazon made it clear that users will only come to the app for Alexa-specific tasks – that’s certainly the way I use it, with the iPhone’s home screen my choices for tasks such as checking the weather. Some of these features have therefore moved from the front of the new Alexa app.
The updated version of the Amazon Alexa app is now rolling out to iOS, Android, and Fire OS devices. It will be with all users by the end of August.