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Alexa Assistant now available on HTCU11

17 July 2017

Amazon's decision to make Alexa accessible across many non-Amazon devices has also given the online giant an edge over Google and Apple, which have taken more of a "walled garden" approach.

Without Spacial Perception, HTC Alexa gets in the way when you try to use your @home Echo. After a few days with Alexa on the HTC U11, my only complaint is that there seems to be a little lag between triggering Amazon's assistant by saying "Hey Alexa", and when it actually starts listening to you.

Lucky for us, we had the chance to check out a preview of Alexa on the HTC U11.

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Did you hear about the Amazon Echo that called 911 earlier this week when it heard a husband threaten his wife?

"Customers on the move can ask Alexa on the U11 for music and news, to cool their smart house on their way home from work, to check if they locked their front door, and to access thousands of other Alexa skills". "OK Google" is still more reliable.

Fire TV and Fire TV Stick owners can already enjoy a similar level of functionality using the dedicated Alexa Voice remote control, or the Fire TV smartphone app. For those of you who do not know, Alexa is Amazon's very own cloud-based voice service, and by using this application, you can utilize Alexa on the HTC U11, and it's worth noting that this app was developed by both Amazon and HTC, as the two companies partnered up in order to bring it to the HTC U11. Provided you have an HTC U11 and live in the USA, that is. You can configure it just like any other Echo using the Amazon Alexa app - by default it'll simply be called your "HTC Alexa" even.

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The HTC U11 is made out of metal and glass, while it is fueled by the Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa-core processor.

And while the official Alexa app from Amazon has been out for some time on iOS and Android, it only works in combination with another device, like an Echo speaker.

Alexa co-exists with OK Google on the U11. When enabled, you can activate Alexa without touching your phone as long as it is already unlocked.

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For those with a U11, the Edge Sense app can be updated via the Play Store or you can manually update to the latest version (1.01.936529) by downloading it from APKMirror. You can get many of your daily tasks done just by asking to your phone and the Assistant will be right there on your screen to help you out with your questions or queries.

Alexa Assistant now available on HTCU11