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Alexa, Can you replace Google Assistant on Android?

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The answer to this question is now yes, Alexa can now replace Google Assistant on your Android! This is something I have wanted for a long time because frankly I hate saying “Okay Google” or “Hey Google”, I mean who wants to call anything Google?

It is pretty simple to make the change, all you need to do (assuming you already have the20180509_1024394458711610095040543.jpg Alexa App installed) is select Amazon Alexa from your phones default apps settings menu.

For the most part Alexa on Android works pretty well but a couple things to note. Hotword detection is not available 😰, and on a Pixel 2 where you have a gesture to activate Google Assistant that gesture will not launch Alexa.

For me this is for the most part happy days as I am head over heals in love with Alexa and this not brings her with me throughout the day. Have any of you experimented with Alexa on your phone? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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I am passionate about the IoT and connected devices. Using connectivity to automate our lives will empower civilization to achieve greatness.

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  1. I get that they want to keep their own name for self-promotion purposes, but I really wish they’d make it so you can set your own wake word/phrase. Alexa lets you change it to a couple preset things, like ‘Computer’, but it’d be nice if we could get some actual customization. If not for personalization, for privacy. So someone can’t walk into my house and say ‘Alexa, add a 55-gallon drum of lube to my shopping list.’ or even interact with all my IoT devices. I like it on my phone mainly because I don’t have devices in every room – but I generally have my phone in my pocket.

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