Astra is a smart personal assistant powered by Alexa Voice Services. Astra listens as you speak, and then replies through the speaker or headphones connected to your iPhone or iPod touch.
Try out Alexa Voice Services before you purchase an Echo. Use Astra as a remote for your Smart Devices when away from home. Test your Skills as you develop them.
Set up your city location, sports team preferences, news feed preferences, smart devices, home and work locations, and enable Skills through the Alexa app for more personalized information.
• Control your Smart Devices away from home
• Re-order products from Amazon
• Ask Astra to give you a Flash Briefing for your news
• Find out if there is traffic on your commute
• Add items to your shopping and to do list
• Ask Astra to set a timer for 10 minutes
• Check sports scores
• Check movie listings and times
• Get recommendations for local restaurants
• Get information about local businesses
• Ask about the weather forecast
• Use any Alexa Skill available
• Test out your own Skills as your develop them
ASTRA REQUIRES AN AMAZON ACCOUNT
ASTRA DOES NOT SUPPORT MUSIC PLAYBACK OR READING AUDIO BOOKS. Certain other content may be unavailable due to licensing restrictions.
• UK connectivity issues
Ratings and Reviews
Great for Controlling my Smart Home
I use two Echo Dot devices to control my Hue lights by voice, using Alexa. I utilize Astra when outside of vocal range or even when away from home. The interface is pleasant and the app is responsive. It does not require the wake 'Alexa' (think Echo Tap) since you are holding to record.
I'm guessing because this is a paid app, that the developer wants this to be more than a proof of concept. I hope the future of Astra involves a iPad and WatchOS app. People often leave an iPad central in the home, this is why Apple allows an iPad to be the center of their own Home app.
Voice control for Logitech Harmony Hub
UPDATE: Despite the cool functionality described below, I have changed my rating and uninstalled this app. After experiencing a warm phone and rapid battery discharge for several days I discovered that this app was responsible for consuming 79% of my power budget over a seven day period despite only occasional use.
Original review follows...
With the Harmony skill set for Alexa installed Astra provides voice control for the Harmony Hub (something Siri can't do because the Harmony Hub is not HomeKit compatible.) Establish context by saying, "Tell Harmony...", then start and stop activities ("Turn on TV", "Turn on Apple TV", "Turn off TV", etc.), tune to favorite TV channels ("Turn on CNN", "Turn on Comedy Central", etc.), and adjust volume by a preconfigured delta ("Volume up", "Volume down".) Works like a champ.
Not able to order Alexa deals
Was really looking for a way to order Alexa's daily deals while away from home. Unfortunately when I tried I get "Alexa deals are not supported by this device". Dev's really should update their product info since it states you can do this on their webpage...
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.