Amazon Alexa on the HTC U11 sucks and isn’t ready for prime time

There's no shortage of voice assistants for your phone: Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant, Bixby, the list goes on and on. Now, Amazon's is trying to crash the party by bringing its own digital assistant, Alexa, to Android starting with HTC's recently released U11 phone. As someone who invested in an Amazon Echo and its artificial intelligence Alexa from the start, I'm pretty disappointed with Amazon's digital assistant on the HTC U11. It's just a little too basic. The phone is fine — it has Read more [...]

HTC users are seeing banner ads on their keyboards

The HTC U11 (left) sits next to last year's flagship HTC 10 (center).Image: raymond wong/mashableBy Raymond Wong2017-07-17 15:20:12 UTC Banner ads are the last thing you'd ever expect to see (or want) included with your smartphone's on-screen keyboard. Yet, that's exactly what some owners of HTC Android phones are discovering on their devices. The reaction to the big time screw up is unanimous: "What the hell is this doing here?" Some HTC 10 and U11 users with the default TouchPal keyboard Read more [...]

Google’s likely ditching HTC for LG when it comes to the next Pixel

Life may or may not be good.Image: DUSTIN DRANKOSKI/MASHABLEBy Jack Morse2017-06-13 22:57:56 UTC Are you paying attention, Pixelheads? A small but important change may be coming to your smartphone of choice.  Reports suggest that the next iteration of the Pixel is going to be manufactured by an entirely different company.  The Google Pixel has long been made by Taiwanese-based HTC, but according to a smattering of reports across the Pixelverse, that will likely soon change. And what company Read more [...]

HTC Vive’s audio accessory leaving black residue for some VR users

HTC's Vive headset has just experienced its first major challenge beyond merely getting people to try the virtual reality headset. According to reports from multiple users, the foam on its new Deluxe Audio Strap accessory begins deteriorating when wet and can leave behind a black substance in the form of particles and black stains.  The issue came to light earlier week as some users began posting images and videos of the issue on social media.  When I tested the accessory last month, I didn't Read more [...]

HTC Vive’s Deluxe Audio Strap finally completes the high-end VR headset experience

What most people don't know about virtual reality headsets could fill a holographic stadium, but that's not slowing the competition between the leading VR headset makers. The latest competitive upgrade comes from HTC's Vive VR headset in the form of a new audio attachment called the Deluxe Audio Strap.  To be clear, this isn't so much an innovation as it is playing catch-up with the Oculus Rift, which debuted the commercial version of its VR headset with headphones built into the device.  Oculus Read more [...]

Google video shows how its new VR feature could be a game changer

Google's virtual reality announcement Wednesday at Google I/O was a big deal.  But that might not be readily apparent to those still getting their feet wet in VR, so Google made a video to help you get a better idea of what WorldSense does.  Current mobile VR headsets like the Samsung Gear VR and Daydream View have 3DoF (three degrees of freedom), only allowing you to look around in VR from a fixed point (as if your head is on a tripod in the middle of a panoramic bubble). In that dynamic, you Read more [...]

Hands on with the HTC U 11 and its squeezable Edge Sense sides

Weird phone features are back again. The last few years have seen phone makers largely dump fun little gimmicks in favor of refining the basics: design, display, performance, and battery life. Nothing wrong with a solid all-around phone, but that's also why people think phones are boring. You now what's not boring? HTC's new flagship, the HTC U 11. Why? Two words: squeezable sides. Though HTC already launched two flagship Android phones this year — the disappointing HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play Read more [...]