Android working with Alexa App, and how old an Android to get

I am helping a handicapped person get a phone. They need something to be voice operated for calling and the problem I have with iPhone is that Siri won't let you do some things with the phone locked.  So, I have been looking at using the Alexa App on an Android phone, as I have heard Alexa on an Android is somewhat better at voice commands to place a call and then hang up the call.  One problem with Siri as an example is if you call someone and the call goes to voicemail, Siri will not hang up the phone.  You either have to wait til the voicemail ends, or you have to ask another human to come hang up the phone for you.  

Also, I don't want to leave the phone unlocked. The handicap person is in a nursing home and I don't want other folks having access to the phone and data and what not.

So, is Alexa App on an Android a good option for commanding phone calls without having to unlock and/or touch operate the phone?  

Also, how old of an Android can be used with the Alexa App?  Chances of the phone getting dropped and beat up or broken are high, so I'd rather get a used phone.
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Jackie ManCommented:
Alexa app will only help you to manage an Amazon Alexa device and you cannot only use the app without an Amazon Alexa device.
wfcrrAuthor Commented:
Actually have found several articles like this one saying Alexa App can be the "Assistant" on an Android phone and be used to place and receive calls:

What I haven't been able to determine is how old of an Android phone OS I can use.  Ideally I would buy an inexpensive used Android for this, since there is a high likelihood of it getting lost, broke or stolen at the nursing home.
Jackie ManCommented:
I am sure that you have misread the article.

You need to have connect the Alexa app to a physical device from Amazon if you want to make phone calls.

I have tried the app. I do not own any physical device under my Amazon account and there is nothing I can do with the app.
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wfcrrAuthor Commented:
Apparently it takes installing both the Amazon Android app, then installing Alexa App.   The article says..."in order to enjoy all of these features (and more), you must install the Amazon Android app on your phone. "
Jackie ManCommented:
"Apparently it takes installing both the Amazon Android app, then installing Alexa App."

This is an interesting and self-contradictory statement.

Watch the YouTube video in the above link to know what is meant by installing Alexa app and read the description for Alexa app in Google Play Store. I have copied the description as follows.

"Use the Amazon Alexa App to set up your Alexa-enabled devices, listen to music, create shopping lists, get news updates, and much more. The more you use Alexa, the more she adapts to your voice, vocabulary, and personal preferences.

• Get more out of your Echo device through personalized feature recommendations from Alexa
• Discover and enable recommended Alexa skills
• Pick up where you left off directly from the home feed with lists, shopping, or recently played Music and Books

• Set up your Alexa-enabled devices, control or check status of your compatible smart lights, locks and thermostats at home or on the go
• Create routines to automate your smart home devices

• Connect to music services like Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio. Choose a song or playlist and listen on your Alexa-enabled devices
• Create speaker groups to play music across your compatible Echo devices for multi-room music

• View and edit shopping and to-do lists on the go, get weather and news updates, manage timers and alarms, and more

• Use Drop In from your app to connect instantly with your compatible Echo devices, like a two-way intercom
• Call or message supported Alexa-enabled devices, at no additional cost"

Finally, why Amazon will just create a free app for letting you to use their patented technology in Alexa devices without paying for the devices?

There should be paid app to do what you want.

Close this question and ask another one. I am sure that you misunderstood that Alexa app can help you without paying for their devices.
Jackie ManCommented:
To conclude, if you do not own any Alexa devices, forget about the Alexa app for Android.
Jackie ManCommented:
What is an Echo Dot used for?

Think of the Amazon Echo Dot as your own personal assistant. We’re not at the stage where our tech can physically help us run our homes, but it can do everything else. So you can ask the Dot’s voice assistant, Alexa, to answer questions about the time, general knowledge, traffic, what the weather is going to be like and everything else that might help your day run a bit smoother.

Thanks to smart home tech all connecting up, you can also use your Dot to control other devices that you might have in your home. So let’s say you have a Philips Hue lightbulb, for example, the Dot can control that too. You’d just need to say “Alexa, turn off the bulb.”

That’s just the beginning. The Dot has a whole host of ‘skills’ which you can think of as separate apps and things it can do for you, from playing games to controlling other tech to waking you up in the morning.

Is there a monthly fee for an Echo Dot? No, there’s no monthly fee. You just need to buy the Dot and have an Amazon account. You’ll then need to get the Amazon Echo app, which is also free.

However, if you’re an Amazon Prime member you’ll get some added benefits, like access to Amazon Music through your Dot.
wfcrrAuthor Commented:
I will have a phone on Tuesday and will update this post after I have tried the Amazon Android App communicating with the Alex App.
Jackie ManCommented:
Any update?
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