If you can tick both of those boxes, Alexa can now send an SMS to any of the contacts listed in your phone. You'll be able to catch the ad air live during the Super Bowl on February 4, 2018, but other than that, we don't know when Alexa's new voice will go live. However, you can even specify up front as 'send a text message, ' which will directly send a text message to the specified person. Alexa will ask you who you want to send your message to. You can explicitly tell the voice assistant to "send an SMS", but it will also pick SMS automatically if you message a contact that doesn't have an Echo.
The new skill launched overnight on January 30 and means Alexa is capable of text messages to any mobile phone in the world. Finally, toggle on the "Send SMS" option.
However, there is a catch: Messaging through Alexa is now only available for Android users in the US.
Companies like Amazon, Apple, and Google are battling to have their digital assistants - along with the required devices like smart speakers - front and center in consumers' homes.
Keep in mind that asking Alexa to "send a message" will not send a SMS. Word is that the feature is available for all Alexa users in the USA right now, but the feature doesn't function with third-party smart speakers running Alexa. It is expected that all three accents would be available to U.S. users in the near future. For example, in the US, users can make free voice calls and messages to Alexa-enabled devices, but that's not the case for Indian users.
As you can expect, the SMS integration only works for users with Android devices.