Amazon Echo is the new step of the virtual assistants , during the last months it has done nothing but evolve and grow, to become a great assistant that helps you at home. Alexa, the heart of the Amazon Echo, has several APIs of its own so that any manufacturer can integrate it in their devices, and therefore yes, also in a Mac, an iPhone or an iPad.
The developers of Rain have created Reverb, an app that allows you to use the Alexa virtual assistant from a Mac, iPhone or iPad. It’s a free app, and the only requirement is that you have an Amazon account. You open the app, click on the light ring reminiscent of an Echo, and talk to Alexa, asking her for anything. It’s that easy.
Reverb makes use of version 2.0 of Alexa , which has evolved considerably to allow support for news, alarms, audiobooks, timers… In addition, it is compatible with smart devices using Amazon such as Samsung SmartThing, WeMo, Philips Hue and others.
While it is true that Reverb does not offer the rewarding experience of having an assistant listening to you at all times in the house, it is a good option to try the product before you buy it. The downside? What you talk to Alexa will have to be in English , since the service does not yet support Spanish.
Reverb is available for free in both the Mac App Store and the App Store. Feel free to give it a try and compare it with Siri to see which virtual assistant best suits your needs.