Amazon Alexa arrives on Android — but only one phone can access it

The Amazon Alexa personal assistant is now available to download for owners of the new HTC U11 handset.

As announced by HTC earlier this month, Alexa joins the Google Assistant on HTC’s flagship handset, giving users a straight choice between the two.

Paul O’Brien, the founder of MoDaCo confirmed Alexa’s arrival in a tweet early on Monday morning.

Alexa is rapidly spreading to devices beyond Amazon’s own Echo and Fire TV ranges. It’s also available on the company’s Dash Wand and a host of third-party gadgets.

The voice-powered personal assistant also features on the Lenovo Smart Assistant Speaker, a host of smartwatches, an LED lamp from General Electric and LG’s Smart Instaview fridge freezer.

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The smartphone is a new frontier for Alexa, however. Whether there are plans to roll it out to more handsets remains to be seen.

For now, it may act as another incentive to pick up the excellent HTC U11, which recently received an 8/10 rating from TrustedReviews.

We praised the phone for its fast performance, good camera, lack of bloatware and Hi-Res audio compatibility. The squeezable phone lost a few points for the design and the lack of a headphone jack.

It features a 5.5-inch QHD display, the flagship Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB RAM.

Our reviewer concluded: “The U11 is an excellent all-round smartphone that will meet 99% of people’s needs. I just wish it didn’t look so naff.”

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