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amazonechoAmazon today released a native iOS app for Amazon Echo, the company’s intelligent, talking home speaker/virtual assistant.

The companion app had previously been available only for Android, requiring Amazon Echo users with iPhone or iPad to use the Safari browser on their devices to manage settings, music, lists and other items related to the Amazon Echo. The lack of native support for iOS was one of the factors leading to a less-than-stellar review for the Echo on CNET, although early users of the Echo quickly came to its defense in subsequent messages to GeekWire.

For many of us, the biggest challenge is just the ability to purchase an Echo. The device — which sells for $199 normally, or $99 for Amazon Prime members — is available for purchase only by requesting an invitation, and those invites have been few and far between.

If you’ve been able to purchase one, the iOS app is available for download here.

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