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Amazon's next Echo speaker will reportedly focus on audio

17 July 2017, 04:09 | Erica Roy

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Alexa App Released for HTC U11

Over the weekend, HTC pushed out an update to the Edge Sense app that added an option to launch Alexa by squeezing the phone.

Setting up HTC Alexa is pretty simple.

Until now Amazon has limited its artificial intelligence system, Alexa, to its Echo speakers, Fire TV and some cars - but it just went mobile.

As it turns out, Amazon revealed that the Echo Dot was the biggest seller across all categories on Prime Day, with sales up 60% over last year's event.

The arrival of Alexa on the HTC U11 is a match made in heaven.

Over the past couple of years, digital assistants have become extremely important and also quite popular, offering users an intelligent way of interacting with their devices.


At first, the smart speakers were marketed exclusively as voice assistants that could play music for you, interact with your smart home, and read the news. Both function extremely well and have been launching for me almost 100 percent of the time with my selected wake word.

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.

Naturally, HTC U11 users should not expect Alexa to work as well as it does on Amazon's Echo devices.

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

Further driving home the point that you're just using a virtualized Echo on your phone, you'll need to use the Amazon Alexa app to configure all of the things Alexa can do on your U11. which isn't the best app in the world, as you may have already experienced. You dont have to do with with “Ok, Google”. With Alexa, you cannot access services such as Spotify or Pandora, like you can do on the Echo. On Amazon's smart speakers such as the Echo, the thing Alexa can do much better than other speakers like Google Assistant is - shopping. 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.

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. Huawei's Mate 9 has a similar double-app setup too.



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