HTC U11 becomes first phone with Amazon Alexa hot-word support

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The HTC U11 on a seaside.

HTC has been promising Amazon Alexa integration for its latest flagship, the U11, since earlier than it hit the market. Two months after launch, it has lastly arrived. U11 clients can now obtain the HTC Alexa app to allow the function.

This is not the primary Android cellphone with Alexa integration (that honor goes to the Huawei Mate 9), however it’s the primary smartphone to have always-on, hot-word help for Amazon’s digital assistant. This means that you can say “Alexa” at any time and have the cellphone get up and reply, mainly turning it into a transportable Echo. You may also set off Alexa by mapping it to the U11’s stress delicate facet button or by simply tapping the app icon.

The U11 additionally helps the Google Assistant hot-word, and each may be enabled on the similar time, so simply shout “OK Google” to get Google, or “Alexa” to get Amazon. The U11 is outfitted with a whopping 4 microphones, and after the hot-word pickup, the cellphone will detect the place you might be relative to the cellphone and use the microphone that’s getting the clearest recording of your voice.

HTC’s Alexa implementation has entry to the Alexa Skills Store and all 15,000 abilities, so you’ll take heed to music, management good house lights, and ask questions.

The HTC Alexa app is out now within the US, with variations coming to the UK in July and Germany in August.


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