HTC USA releases software update for the U11, adds Alexa support


Business Insider reports that the most in-demand product of the day was the own-brand Echo Dot device, a smart speaker which provides users with access to Amazon's Alexa digital personal assistant service.

The current Echo uses a seven far-field microphones' array to listen from a distance, but Google's Home only uses two with similar results thanks to software and acoustic modeling.

Until now Amazon has limited its artificial intelligence system, Alexa, to its Echo speakers, Fire TV and some cars - but it just went mobile. It's worth noting that the HTC U11 is now available in the USA, and you can get it for Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Amazing Silver and Solar Red color variants.

The arrival of Alexa on the HTC U11 is a match made in heaven.

The HTC U11, check out my experiences with it after a month, is the most stunning smartphone available today with the lowest price for a flagship and capabilities that beat the Google Pixel.

Though during the launch Alexa wasn't available but now a new update to Edge sense has brought Alexa to HTCU11. You'll be "squeezing" your phone in new ways starting today so being on-the-go is way easier and more convenient now.

You can temporarily block alerts for messages and calls on one or more of your supported Echo devices using the Do Not Disturb feature. This is key in creating the best assistant as phones can teach the AI a lot more about a person. Even after you turn it on, you won't be able to use it until Monday i.e. tomorrow. Otherwise, there are a few shortcuts to other settings like the official Amazon Alexa app or the Edge Sense trigger screen.

At first, the smart speakers were marketed exclusively as voice assistants that could play music for you, interact with your smart home, and read the news. 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 via Alexa.

If you prefer to launch Alexa manually, you can now choose to launch it with a squeeze or squeeze and hold using the Edge Sense technology on the HTC U11. Amazon has long touted the Echo's ability to let you shop by voice, so you can reorder batteries or paper towels with a simple command.

It now sits alongside Google Assistant and HTC's own, non-voice powered Sense Companion on the U11.