[Hands-on] HTC launches Amazon Alexa support for the US

[Hands-on] HTC launches Amazon Alexa support for the US


Today, HTC and Amazon are launching the HTC Alexa app in the US for the HTC U11. The partnership was first announced at the launch stage in Taipei where HTC announced the U11 would support dual-hotwords that would wake either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa depending on the one you used. We’ve been testing a pre-release version of HTC Alexa and would like to share our experience.

HTC U11 with Alexa

An OTA update was pushed to these devices last week, which included preparations to get the smartphone ready to support the HTC Alexa App. To get the HTC Alexa app, all you have to do is download it from the Google Play Store.

Setting up HTC Alexa is pretty simple. Upon firing up the HTC Alexa app, you’ll be prompted to sign into your Amazon account. And authorize that the HTC Alexa app will have the same terms and conditions as any Amazon Echo.


Setting up HTC Alexa
Setting up HTC Alexa

Setting up HTC Alexa

Unlike the Huawei Mate 9’s implementation, HTC Alexa can use your location to find nearby places, unfortunately, it still won’t tell you the weather in you actual location. For example, if you live in Fort Lauderdale and work in Miami, asking Alexa for the weather from would result in hearing the weather from home, or wherever you have the home address set to.

You can also program the U11’s edge sense to summon Alexa without having to say the hotword. We recommend you do this if you already have an Amazon Echo at home since HTC Alexa doesn’t support Spatial Perception as of yet.


Final steps
Final steps
Final steps

Final steps

HTC Alexa’s settings let you enable or disable the wake word, or enable/disable the wake word to work while the screen is turned off….



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