dglobalnews.com Amazon's Alexa-Powered Fire TV Stick Starts Shipping Today
Published: Sat, April 08, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

Amazon's Alexa-Powered Fire TV Stick Starts Shipping Today

Amazon's Alexa-Powered Fire TV Stick Starts Shipping Today

Customers without a voice remote can use the Fire TV app for iOS and Android to access Alexa, in the same way they do today with Voice Search.

The redesigned Fire TV stick, which costs £39.99, is the first of Amazon's media streamers to come with an Alexa-enabled voice remote.

If you're unfamiliar with Amazon Echo products, the Echo and Echo Dot are wifi-connected devices for your home that you interact with using voice commands.

The new quad-core Amazon Fire TV Stick, announced in the USA past year, is said to be 30 per cent faster than its predecessor.

The updated Fire TV interface also supports a customisable apps list, which should make it much easier to access the apps and games you use most frequently.

Yes, it adds Alexa voice control to all those devices, so you can search for shows and movies, watch shows and movies and even rewind and fast forward shows and movies.

Once you've done that, getting the latest local news stories is as simple as saying "Alexa, what's in the news?" or "Alexa, play my Flash Briefing".

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However Fire TV Stick and Fire TV customers will still be able to take advantage of a number of Alexa's capabilities.

The new update will be rolling out to customers today.

Fire TV now features an overhauled Netflix-type user interface - called the Cinematic UI (pictured) - that is created to make finding movies and TV shows easier.

In addition to launching the new Fire TV Stick in the UK, Amazon also announced a software update that will bring Alexa to all Fire TV devices in the UK.

The all-new Fire TV Stick is also available at Dixons Carphone, Argos, John Lewis, Tesco, Maplin and Shop Direct.

"This is a big day for Fire TV customers".

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