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Alexa-powered Amazon Fire TV Stick now available in the UK

08 April 2017, 07:32 | Candice Butler

Alexa-powered Amazon Fire TV Stick now available in the UK

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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, imagine sharing your name with two of the world's most popular voice-activated Assistants, Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri.

Alexa is the cloud-based voice service that powers devices like Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Fire TV.

Now all Fire TV Sticks will have the ability to use Alexa to find recommendations and ask questions, even if their device did not originally ship with a voice remote control.

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

You can find out more details about the new Amazon Fire TV Stick over at Amazon at the link below.

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The software update will make Alexa available to millions of customers with Fire TV devices already set-up in their home - without the need for any additional hardware.

If you own an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot, you can have local news read to you by the voice of and the brain behind Amazon's smart-speaker platform, Alexa.

TV viewers will be able to speak to Alexa through a microphone built into the device's remote control.

Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President, Amazon Devices International says of the development: "This is a big day for Fire TV customers". There are a bunch of different apps available for the device including Netflix, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, BBC News and BBC Sport, as well as Prime Video of course. It will roll out to customers over the coming weeks.

Amazon has created a free software update to bring Alexa voice control to all generations of Fire TV Stick as the company's latest model goes on sale.

"Overall, it's been really cool, my family is all thoroughly entertained and we have an ongoing group chat about it", said Seary in an interview with NJ Advance Media, though in a subsequent interview with The Huffington Post, she says things sometimes get frustrating.



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