92% of smart speakers are powered by Alexa and Google assistant. On a smartphone we can use Siri and Google Assistant but Alexa is still not used as commonly (if at all?) on a smartphone. Now you can set the default assistant on an android device to use Alexa.

Currently, my long press of the home button on a Samsung S8 brings up the Google Assistant. But now you can go into your assistant settings on an Android and select other ways to use this long press.

How to do this?

To set Amazon’s assistant as the default voice assistant on Android, users need to open the Settings app, select Apps & notifications > Default apps > Assist & voice input, and change the Assist app. They will then be able to long press the home button on their Android device to call up Alexa, without having to open the app. Microsoft’s Cortana also supports this functionality.

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The settings on an Android device.

Note: This does not change the wake command. Users will still be able to say their wake command (such as “Ok Google” or “Hey Google”) to bring up the Google Assistant. The only change in behaviour is the shortcut of long pressing the home button.

This tip first appeared from a user in a Reddit thread confirming that this feature works on non-Pixel devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S9, Essential Phone, OnePlus 5, Moto G5 Plus, and more.

You can read the full article on The Verge https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/7/17328758/amazon-alexa-default-voice-assistant-android

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