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Way back at the beginning of the year (seemingly 24 or 25 months, at this point), Amazon brought voice control to its Alexa app for Android. The move marked a big step toward the company’s push onto third party mobile devices. At the time, it added that it would bring similar functionality to the iPhone “soon” — a promise it’s delivering on today.
Users who’ve downloaded the smart assistant on iOS will be able to ask the app for assistance starting today. It’s not baked in natively, of course (turns our Apple’s got a smart assistant of its own it’s pretty fond of), so that interaction requires a tap of the button.
From there, however, you can ask Alexa questions, listen to music, access skills and control smart devices — you know, the standard Alexa fare. Queries like weather, sports, calendar and movies will also offer up a visual component in the app. The update will be rolled out to users in “the coming days” as a free download.
Amazon has, of course, been at something of a disadvantage in the smart assistant race. Among the big three, Alexa is the only one without a major mobile footprint. The company has been some small in-roads through partnerships with Android hardware developers like Motorola and Huawei, but Google and Apple have a clear vested interest in developing their own smart assistant ecosystem.
Unless or until the company takes another swing at the mobile market, getting its app onto as many iOS and Android handsets is the best way to expand that mobile footprint. With the addition of voice, Alexa on mobile suddenly becomes more than just an app for setting up Echo devices.
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The locations function as little centralized Amazon shipping hubs for normal pickups and returns, but they also enable one day pickup for a large selection of items available through the online retail giant. The Seattle location will serve the northern part of the city at 14333 Aurora Ave. N.
The first of these locations in the Northwest, “Amazon@DowntownPortland” opened in Amazon’s southerly neighbor city last September. Of course, Seattle does boast two AmazonFresh grocery pickup locations, Amazon Go, a futuristic no-checkout convenience store, and likely whatever other future retail experiments the company delves into.
As staffed, standalone Amazon-branded storefronts, the Amazon pickup locations are distinct from the Amazon Lockers found in convenience stores and other locations in many cities. Amazon also notes that these pickup locations offer same-day or one-day pickup for Prime members, in-person assistance and packing supplies for returns. Both flavors of Amazon pickup location are open to non-Prime members, though Prime members also enjoy no order minimums for items sent to a pickup location.
Last year, Amazon targeted college students with a little flurry of college-focused “Instant Pickup points,” essentially convenient stores that functioned as an Amazon shipping center but also kept essentials like beverages, phone chargers and personal care items in stock. Those locations were opened across five U.S. college campuses, located in Berkeley, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Columbus, Ohio and Maryland.
After the student rollout, Amazon began quietly opening more staffed non-college affiliated pickup locations that offered the shipping perks without the student-friendly stocked items. While it declined to list them all out, Amazon tells TechCrunch that it now has more than 30 pickup locations across the U.S.