theverge.com - 6 days ago
Amazon’s Alexa is now on the HTC U11
The HTC U11 is the best phone the company has made in years.
It’s stunning to look at, very well made, fast as any other phone you can buy, and has a top-tier camera. Even its gimmicky “Edge Sense” feature doesn’t tarnish the U11’s shine. But the U11 also has another trick up it’s sleeve: starting today, it’s the first smartphone with an integrated, hands-free Amazon Alexa assistant. Other phones and apps have let you access Alexa on the go already, but they required opening an app and pushing a button before issuing your voice command. That’s not necessary with the U11 — you can just say “Alexa” and Amazon’s popular assistant will spring to life, ready to hear your request. It’s the first phone that provides a similar hands-free Alexa experience to you get with an Echo or Echo Dot in your home. That might sound appealing, but as I’ve tested the U11’s Alexa assistant over the past week, the practical use of it doesn’t live up to its promises.
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