Android phones with built-in Alexa to lose this key ability. Check details

Updated on Nov 21, 2022 03:36 PM IST

Users with such devices will not be able to use this special feature after March 31, 2023.

Representative Image
Representative Image
By, New Delhi

For Android devices with built-in Alexa, Amazon is ending a ‘key ability’, with March 31, 2023, being the day, after which users of the ‘Alexa Built-In’ phones will not be able to use the said ability.

According to GeekWire, which reported the development, the tech giant is removing from such handsets, the voice assistant's ability to be activated with voice commands from anywhere in the phone, including the lock screen, even if the Alexa app is not open.

In messages to users this week, Amazon informed them this systemwide hands-free service is officially ending in March next year, said GeekWire.

“We regularly review our features to ensure we are investing in services that will delight customers, and have decided to suspend support for this feature,” confirmed a company spokesperson to the website.

In addition, although no reason was offered behind the decision, the spokesperson said Amazon will ‘continue to invest in the Alexa experience within the Alexa app to provide customers with a seamless way to access their favourite features, and experiences.’

However, even after the service ends for when the app is closed, users will be able to use it when the app is open.


    Follow the latest breaking news and developments from India and around the world with Hindustan Times' newsdesk. From politics and policies to the economy and the environment, from local issues to national events and global affairs, we've got you covered.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
My Offers
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, February 02, 2023
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Register Free and get Exciting Deals