The update, which is timed to coincide with the release of the new Amazon Fire TV stick, will bring support for Alexa to Amazon's entire range of Fire streaming devices, going back to its first generation Fire TV and Fire TV Streaming Stick. It also has more stable, stronger 802.11ac Wi-Fi, the new Fire TV user interface and comes bundled with an Alexa Voice Remote.
Amazon today announced it is launching its Fire TV media streamer stick in the United Kingdom, approximately six months after the device first launched in the U.S. It's nice to see that the All-New Fire TV Stick is shipping to United Kingdom customers at long last, and existing Fire TV customers will probably like to have Alexa along for the ride.
The update bringing Alexa to existing Fire TV devices will roll out to customers over the coming weeks.
Fire TV now features an overhauled Netflix-type user interface - called the Cinematic UI - that is created to make finding movies and TV shows easier.
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Those without a control will be able to use Alexa via the Fire TV app for iOS or Android, in the same manner they can now access voice control.
Now, curiously, this video functionality is ONLY on Fire devices, so if you have an Amazon Echo and a Fire TV, you can't issue instructions to the former and have them carried out on the latter.
Fast, accurate voice search powered by Alexa also allows customers to search quickly for apps, and content across different services.
The digital assistant is always learning and developers are continually updating its software.