Back in May, we reported that adverts might soon be coming to the Amazon Echo, and today it was revealed that HTC has been shoving adverts in the face of some of its users. More Skills across a wider variety of tasks makes a system like Alexa more appealing than rival voice assistants.
Alexa has multiple features some you can use on HTC U11 like: Access Alexa's vast library of skills, Track Amazon orders and read your shopping notifications, Check traffic and a sports score, Tell you the weather where you are - you don't have to ask for the city name ("Alexa, what's the temperature right now?"). For all of these common smartphone things, you have to use Google's Assistant, which does every single one of them well.
Amazon Echo has updated its smart speaker with the ability to control playback on other Amazon devices using your voice.
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.
Nothing about Alexa on the phone takes advantage of the fact that it's on the phone. You can not depend on it as your sole voice assistant. If you're not invested in Amazon and just want a general-purpose assistant for your phone, Google Assistant is still the go-to choice until Alexa can improve its on-phone experience. On the U11, Alexa will even listen you when the screen is off and the phone is locked. Long-pressing the U11's home button still launches Google Assistant, and as of now you can't actually remap that function to launching Alexa (though you can turn off Assistant there). It can connect easily to Amazon's retail website and let your shop for products, by just using a voice-input. Download the update for your Edge Sense app and see for yourself how you can intuitively launch Google Assistant, new feedback animation, and more. If you're thinking Google Assistant, it's already there but this time, HTC made a decision to add Alexa instead. The update to the Edge Sense is available on the Play Store from today itself and you can get your device updated with this new sense right now to test out this new Assistant on your phone.