— Amazon announced Monday it is offering a chat client for its voice-activated smart speaker called Chatra, which costs $600 per year less than Apple and Google’s popular apps.
The software is available for free on the Amazon Appstore for Android, iOS and Windows phones.
It is the latest example of Amazon making the leap from voice-operated devices to software.
Amazon’s app has a huge following, but many are still wary of its features.
Many of them have complained that the software is not compatible with Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant devices.
Amazon has long been a proponent of voice-controlled devices.
It has sold more than 1.5 million devices, more than twice the number of Apple and Apple’s competitor Samsung.
Last year, Amazon said it would begin selling its voice assistant as a standalone product.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Amazon had started a new phase in the search for a voice-based assistant.
“We are bringing Alexa to people who need a little bit more personal control, and to people in remote locations,” Bezos said at the time.
A recent report by Bloomberg News estimated that Amazon’s voice assistant will sell for $4,500 to $7,500 in 2018.
In a blog post Monday, Amazon acknowledged some of the frustrations with its voice service, saying that it will begin rolling out the new app for free starting next week.
The company has made a point to offer free voice-enabled assistants to people on the hunt for a new device.
Earlier this month, the company said it plans to add support for Google Assistant on its Kindle Fire tablet and Fire TV streaming device, as well as Android and iOS devices.
Read more about Amazon Echo: The new app lets users tap on the device’s screen to open the Amazon Alexa app, which includes a virtual assistant called Siri.
Users can also ask Siri questions, such as “Who’s the greatest living artist?” and “What’s the best place to buy ice cream?”
The app also offers a virtual voice search to help users narrow down their options, such for example, where to buy the most expensive beer in a city, the most affordable ice cream, or which restaurant has the best selection of beer and cheese.
Users can also add their Amazon Echo Dot, a new, Alexa-enabled smart speaker, as a companion, which has been widely praised by users.
Amazon announced a few months ago that it would launch a subscription-based Amazon Echo speaker called the Echo Dot.
It sells for $150 a year or $300 for a two-year subscription.
On Monday, the app released a video with the announcement of the new Chatra app.
It includes a variety of features for people looking to try the app for the first time, such a virtual speaker search.