Amazon Echo has finally caught-up with THIS Google Home feature

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Over the weekend, HTC pushed out an update to the Edge Sense app that added an option to launch Alexa by squeezing the phone. It also can't do everything that that Google's bot can do, and numerous things it can do are already well handled by the Google Assistant. To set things up, all you have to do is install the update, tap your newfound Alexa app and log in using your Amazon account. Amazon encourages shoppers to sign up for the 30-day free trial to capture the deals, and that strategy appears to have paid off as, "More new members joined Prime on July 11 than on any single day in Amazon history", according to the company's press release. Alexa will give you a voice response, as it does on the Echo.

The main component that acknowledge HTC in pursing the Amazon Alexa integration intensely over the few several months, was due to the fact that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 accommodates the activation of two hands free service within the smartphone device. HTC said HTC U11 with HTC Alexa is the world's first phone to feature always-ready, hands-free access to Amazon Alexa.

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.

The HTC U11 is made out of metal and glass, while it is fueled by the Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa-core processor.

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You can even change Alexa's trigger word if you want. Just like an Echo device, volume and playback control is performed with your voice commands through the HTC Alexa app.

So, Alexa on phones is now not up to the mark and is nowhere close to Google Assistant and Apple Siri. You can get many of your daily tasks done just by asking to your phone and the Assistant will be right there on your screen to help you out with your questions or queries. After the Amazon Fire Phone failed spectacularly it looked like Amazon might not be able to compete.

Twitter user @ChengmingAlpert noticed a mention of Alexa in the "What's New" section of the Play Store listing for the Edge Sense app, and sure enough, there's a new setting to pick Alexa as the default assistant.

The U11's Alexa feature is available from the Google Play Store for devices in the USA starting today and will come to the United Kingdom and Germany later this summer.

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