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Amazon's Alexa lands on the HTC U11, and it works like it should

Amazon's Alexa lands on the HTC U11, and it works like it should
From Engadget - July 16, 2017

Unsurprisingly, the company does not think three assistants are overkill. VP of product planing Nigel Newby-House sees these three options as complementary, and on some level, he's got a point. Sense Companion offers non-spoken suggestions and reminders based on your behavior, and Google Assistant still reigns supreme when it comes to general questions. And Alexa? Well, she's got quite a few skills to tap into -- more than 15,000 in fact.

More importantly, this is the first time Alexa really works the way it should on a smartphone. Remember Huawei's Mate 9? Its Alexa integration felt unsatisfying because wake-words did not work the way you'd expect. Talking to Alexa required launching a Huawei Alexa app first -- so much for having a hands-free assistant. Once installed, just saying Alexa's name within earshot of the U11 is all it takes to get her attention. I have found no real difference between what Alexa can do on the U11 versus an Echo or Echo Dot. I have not been able to test those thousands Alexa skills, but the ones I use most regularly all work just fine.

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