Your Amazon Fire TV is about to get way better

Posted April 08, 2017

The new Fire TV Stick has been completely redesigned, with a quad-core processor and faster Wi-Fi.

If you've invested in a Fire TV device that doesn't come with a voice remote then you'll be able to access Alexa through the Fire TV's app which is available for iOS and Android.

One of Google Home's selling points over Amazon Echo was that it added voice control of Netflix (and certain other video services, via third-party apps) when it launched in the United Kingdom, two hours ago. As well as voice commands for Alexa, the system can also cope with video related requests such as "find Carrie Fisher movies" or "skip back ten minutes" by voice.

Maybe you're sitting around on a Friday night, asking your Amazon Echo random Wikipedia questions (what, just me?) and an important thought occurs to you. Once you activate it you just ask, "Alexa, what's the news?" and she'll read the top stories.

Amazon has said the software update to bring Alexa to those older Fire devices will start rolling out in the "coming weeks".

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Amazon describes its new user interface as a "cinematic experience", with trailers and screenshots from shows and films embedded directly into the menus.

The new Fire TV Stick is available in the United Kingdom priced £39.99.

'Not only are we shipping a new Fire TV Stick - a faster and more powerful successor to our fastest-selling United Kingdom device ever- we're also rolling Alexa out to every single Fire TV device in the UK.

Alexa, the voice-enabled assistant powering the company's Echo smart speakers, has a pretty big wrinkle in its user interface.

They can also check the news and weather, plan their commute, get sports scores, create shopping lists, play music, order a auto from Uber or takeaway from Just Eat.

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