Google’s Android OS has been always praised for the type of freedom it gives to its users as compared to other operating systems. One such freedom is choosing your own Assistant. Users can set Amazon’s Alexa as the default Assistant on any Android smartphone.
This is not the first time users will be able to do. Microsoft was one of the first companies to jump onto the assistant default settings to enable its virtual assistant Cortana as your default Assistant. In the similar fashion, users can choose Alexa now, as per a report by Android Police.
However, there are problems as well. Firstly, if you are using Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the squeeze gesture to activate the Assistant won’t work. Further, the hotword detection is also not available at the moment, the report highlighted. This simply means users have to long-press the physical or on-screen home button to trigger Alexa.
Interested users need to download Amazon Alexa application from Google Play Store. After that go the Settings > Apps & Notifications > Default apps > Assist & voice input and open it. You will see Amazon Alexa option, tap on it to select the default assistant. If you want to change the settings to default, just follow the above-mentioned steps and select ‘Enhanced Google services’ to bring your Google Assistant.