HTC rolls out Amazon Echo voice assistant support for U11

HTC rolls out Amazon Echo voice assistant support for U11

Users can access Amazon's service by simply saying "Alexa" in the vicinity of their U11, or by squeezing the side of the device, utilising HTC's gimmicky "squeezable frame" function.

You can temporarily block alerts for messages and calls on one or more of your supported Echo devices using the Do Not Disturb feature.

Alexa and Echo have found their biggest success within markets where they faced minimal competition, at least at launch.

You walk into your kitchen and say, "Alexa, what's going on today?"

What was once a voice-controlled personal assistant is becoming a way for family members and friends to stay in touch, making it a stickier experience with some of the qualities that people get from social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Unlike the Huawei Mate 9s implementation, HTC Alexa can use your location to find nearby places, unfortunately, it still wont tell you the weather in you actual location. Otherwise, there are a few shortcuts to other settings like the official Amazon Alexa app or the Edge Sense trigger screen. Google Home is priced at a whopping $129.99 and it is interesting to note how the market - which is now filled with smart-home speakers - does not offer customers products as cheap as Amazon Echo.

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When enabled, Alexa will permanently live in your notification shade with suggestions for what you can ask Alexa.

Unlike the standalone speaker, you must wait for the “blip” to start speaking your command. With all the major design and specs overhaul, it is still hard to guess if Amazon can manage to maintain the same introductory price point of their first-ever home speaker once they release the next Echo model. It has all of the skills that are loaded into my account, and it can even play music through Amazon Music without the Amazon Music app loaded onto my phone.

In the battle of the smart assistants Google, Apple and Microsoft has the advantage of being on more devices like phones, tablets and computers - despite Amazon Echos being in more homes. As the HTC Sense Companion provides non-spoken suggestions and reminders based on its owner's behavior, while Google Assistant is unparalleled when it comes to the asking of generic questions.

You can not interrupt Alexa by saying “Alexa, stop” while shes rambling, press the back button to do this. Frankel said. "You need something inside people's homes".

This particular update brings the HTC phone Alexa plus a new visual feedback style.

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