HTC U11 Amazon Alexa App.

Sony brings Alexa support to some of its later model televisions

The HTC U11 was supposed to officially support at least 3 personal assistants: HTC's own underwhelming Companion, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa.

However, as compared to voice assistants such as Google Assistant and Apple Siri, Alexa's performance is far from being flawless. Amazon may sacrifice some Echo hardware sales in rolling out the feature to the U11, but it has a chance to generate money through sales directed to Amazon.com via Alexa.

So now if any of you have updated the Edge Sense, you will get an option of "Launch HTC Alexa" in the settings menu. To set things up, all you have to do is install the update, tap your newfound Alexa app and log in using your Amazon account. The alleged act also raised an important question: Do you really want to live in a world where Alexa listens to your conversations, and calls the cops if she thinks things are getting out of hand?

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

AmazonA promotional image for the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, smart home speakers powered by intelligent digital assistant Alexa. Just like Google Home, Alexa-enabled devices are also created to work with smart home functionality. While HTC has teased what may be in the future for Edge Sense, one of those might actually come even sooner: integration with Amazon Alexa.

Right now there are just a few limitations with Alexa on your phone compared to an Echo speaker.

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.

So bring on the Echo 2.0 (although that's not what Amazon is calling the next-gen device, as for as we know.) A sleeker, shorter, better-sounding version of a device that already has been a game-changer seems like a no-brainer.

Without Spacial Perception, HTC Alexa gets in the way when you try to use your @home Echo.

That means HTC U11 owners are the first to be able to use Alexa as a genuine, integrated digital assistant on their phones, though they're unlikely to be the last. It's a more convenient way to launch the assistant if the phone is already in your hand and you don't want to say "Alexa" a bunch of times in public.

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