Amazon Alexa lands on HTC U11

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They all feature Google's Assistant, however, Alexa seems to be the more popular choice for smartphone users. With no smartphone to showcase Amazon's digital darling, the development of the smart speaker was inspired.

Google Home in pictures - Google's smart speaker gets United Kingdom launch Sun, April 23, 2017 GOOGLE Home can search the web and play your favourite music via the power of your voice.

The U11 can't do everything that the Amazon Echo version of Alexa can, however, such as play music from Spotify or Pandora, or set an alarm or reminder (we'll dig into the full feature list at a later date). You can ask it for guidance by just saying "Alexa, help". You can even control music playback by just asking it to mute, stop playing music and even change the volume. It's stunning to look at, very well made, fast as any other phone you can buy, and has a top-tier camera.

The fact that Alexa on the phone works just like your Echo at home is a big deal for those who are already familiar with it, but there are also clear limitations to this setup. But Thompson detailed, "In the future, they're probably gonna record all the time once we get more used to them".

The CS Monitor report goes on to talk about the speaker quality of the two smart-home speakers.

Technically, the Huawei Mate 9 launched last November won the race to add Alexa integration, but on Huawei's phone the Alexa app had to be opened up manually - there was no voice activation to make the assistant accessible from anywhere on the device. If you're thinking Google Assistant, it's already there but this time, HTC made a decision to add Alexa instead.

Amazon has been critical in driving the growth in voice-controlled devices by offering such products at different prices, making it easier for consumers to try out the technology. "Right now, Amazon is being cautious because it doesn't want people to be scared of them". The company announced that a record number of customers have signed up for Amazon Prime, the company's subscription service and also that 50% more subscribers shopped during this Prime Day sale.

That's not to say there's a shortage of digital assistants from companies including Google, Apple, Samsung and others. More importantly, it can not really utilize the strengths of a smartphone, unlike other voice assistants.

This means you can bark at the U11 and ask it question such as "Alexa, what's the weather like today?' or 'Alexa, turn on my living room lights". You can not depend on it as your sole voice assistant.

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