As it turns out, Amazon revealed that the Echo Dot was the biggest seller across all categories on Prime Day, with sales up 60% over last year's event. With no smartphone to showcase Amazon's digital darling, the development of the smart speaker was inspired. And we'll still need to have a physical way to trigger those, like, say, squeezing your phone, which is exactly what HTC wants you to do with its U11 phone, possibly starting this week. Amazon has been adding several skills to Alexa to make it more enticing and more useful. "But they also have a totally different relationship with us than our other devices and we say things and they hear things that we really wouldn't want everywhere", Nicholas Thompson, the CBS News contributor said. But, so can Google Home, Apple HomePod and a bunch of other smart speakers. More Skills across a wider variety of tasks makes a system like Alexa more appealing than rival voice assistants.
HTC U11 is here with Alexa, capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, and other real time information, such as news, is an intelligent personal assistant developed by Amazon. 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 can also provide you with shopping alternatives.
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. More importantly, it can not really utilize the strengths of a smartphone, unlike other voice assistants.
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Amazon hasn't said anything about this upgrade, and its fairly constant flow of new devices in the Echo family may have made some believe an upgrade of the original wasn't coming anytime soon. With Alexa, you cannot access services such as Spotify or Pandora, like you can do on the Echo. During the launch, HTC had announced that users of this handset would have the option of selecting from three assistants, namely Google Assistant, HTC Companion and Alexa by Amazon.
So, Alexa on phones is now not up to the mark and is nowhere close to Google Assistant and Apple Siri. You can not depend on it as your sole voice assistant.