iOS: If you want to use a voice assistant on your Apple Watch, you’ve pretty much been restricted to Siri’s dulcet tones. This week a new app brought another popular assistant to your wrist: Alexa.
Voice in a Can is a third-party app that brings Alexa and some (but not all) of her features to your wrist. To use it, you’ll (obviously) have to connect your Amazon account to the $2.99 app. When you do, you can tap on its icon on your watch and instantly be connected to the virtual assistant to do pretty much anything you can do using an Echo.
Notable things Alexa on your Watch can’t do include reading audio books and playing music. However, she can do things such as control your smart lights, turn on your Alexa-enabled coffee machine, or read a flash briefing. Almost everything is supported, but the developer warns you might come across a few skills that won’t work.
Why would you want this? The idea is that there are times where you might not be around your Echo that you would want access to some of its features, especially smart home features. Voice in a Can works on its own without your phone, so you could be out for a run and lock your doors or start your coffee machine.
Basically, it gets you one step closer to that Inspector Gadget lifestyle we’re all working toward.