Steve Nutt recommended an app called Reverb which puts Alexa on your Android
or iOS device. I downloaded this last night, and have been having some fun
with it today. While listening to the football earlier using my Echo, I was
able to use Reverb to ask Alexa different questions without interrupting the
match. Even her voice is there like you have an Echo in your pocket. When
you download it, sign in with your Amazon credentials, and allow Reverb to
access the microphone. It knows you have an Echo, so takes the information
from it. I then went to the Alexa app on my PC, and entered on the Reverb
link which is in the Alexa settings. I ensured my location was correct,
then went to Reverb on my phone to play with it. If you prefer using the
Alexa app, you can access it from Reverb to do any customisation, but I
still find the Alexa app completely tedious to work with.
When using Alexa in Reverb, double-tap and hold on the microphone button.
You don't need to say the wake word, Alexa, just ask her what you want to
know. Yes I suppose it's a bit gimmicky, but it is useful if you aren't
near your Echo to just ask Reverb something instead.
I also read last night somewhere that there is a speaker that combines Alexa
and Google Home which is called Clarity. I'm guessing it isn't available in
the UK yet though.
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