Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Alexa becomes, er, squeezable as it arrives on the HTC U11

Alexa becomes, er, squeezable as it arrives on the HTC U11

Sense Companion offers non-spoken suggestions and reminders based on your behavior, and Google Assistant still reigns supreme when it comes to general questions. But Amazon's Alexa has mostly been limited to specific sections of software like the Amazon Underground app or half-baked integrations that required you to tap an icon before speaking your desires.

Unfortunately for them, the Echo doesn't actually support mobile phone calls in the way described.

The HTC U11 is made out of metal and glass, while it is fueled by the Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa-core processor. The new HTC Alexa app, however, works like a charm. You can also set the U11 to activate Alexa by squeezing the phone. We recommend you do this if you already have an Amazon Echo at home since HTC Alexa doesnt support Spatial Perception as of yet. So if the U11 is sitting on a table and you say "Alexa", it will hear you and its screen will wake up, but you'll have to manually unlock the phone before you say the rest of your request.

According to Amazon, Prime members purchased seven times more Amazon Echo devices globally than on Prime Day 2016.

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Once your HTC U11 is updated, you will be allowed to select your own Assistant from the Settings menu.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department reported, specifically, that when a man drew a gun on his wife in a home where an Amazon Echo was placed, he said to her, "Did you call the sheriffs?" and the Echo misinterpreted that as a command to call the sheriffs, who then showed up at the front door. 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. With Alexa, you cannot access services such as Spotify or Pandora, like you can do on the Echo.

However, Amazon pushed back on this explanation too, insisting that the Echo can only call other Alexa devices that have enabled calling and have been added to a user's contact list.

That's not to say there's a shortage of digital assistants from companies including Google, Apple, Samsung and others.

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