HTC U11 Amazon Alexa App.

  • HTC U11 Amazon Alexa App.

HTC U11 Amazon Alexa App.

"We think customers will love the convenience of having hands-free Alexa capabilities wherever they go". If you own the U11, you can download it now by searching for that in Google Play or hitting up the direct link we have for you below. It's great to have a full Amazon Echo experience on a phone like the HTC U11 that also has a solid speaker system. After a few days with Alexa on the HTC U11, my only complaint is that there seems to be a little lag between triggering Amazon's assistant by saying "Hey Alexa", and when it actually starts listening to you. You can not depend on it as your sole voice assistant.

Even though the HTC U11 is the first to offer Amazon's Alexa to its users, it definitely won't be the last one.

Avis says that it made the decision to incorporate vehicle rental reservations on Amazon Echo devices to adapt to customers. You'll need to unlock the phone first if you have a security PIN, password or fingerprint access (on the Mate 9, you have to open the Alexa app to trigger the wake word, an extra step).

Amazon is also reportedly planning to ditch the flat bottom design and adapt more round-edged corners, much like what people can see from the Apple HomePod.

There are some limitations however.

Alexa isn't so much an app on this device as it is part of the phone experience.

If you have updated your HTC phone with the latest Edge sense OS, you will get this new Amazon's Alexa assistant on your phone.

Companies have been trying to shoehorn the voice-powered Alexa assistant onto everything from smartwatches to cars, but strangely, there's one type of device that still lacks the kind of Alexa integration you'd expect: smartphones. In certain situations where it can provide some visuals, you'll simply be referred to the Amazon Alexa app. I can say "Alexa" and the phone will respond, at which point I can ask a question or command it to do a task - just so long as I don't have a lockscreen set up on the phone. Allowing customers to rent cars this way will hopefully help it tap the growing interaction between users and virtual assistants. And while some folks might be happy with Google's Assistant, those that rely on Echo devices at home may prefer Alexa. It's certainly not without its flaws, but that's nothing that can't be improved over time with software updates.

The HTC U11 isn't the most popular Android phone in the U.S., but it's certainly one of the most powerful flagship devices released to date.