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

Alicia Guzman
April 8, 2017

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.

Amazon announced its latest Fire TV Stick with Alexa support in February.

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

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For those new to Fire TV, it's Amazon's line of streaming devices from which users can access Prime Video and the likes of Netflix, BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub. From there, it will stream content to your TV using your home's broadband connection.

The new update will be rolling out to customers today.

The Fire TV can be used to search for movies and TV shows, launch apps and control media playback.

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Customers will be able to ask Alexa to answer general knowledge queries, get updates on the news and weather, check the status of their commute, get sports scores, create shopping lists, play music, change your central heating settings, order a auto from Uber or a takeaway from Just Eat, and more. You'll be able to issue all the usual Alexa commands to the Fire TV Stick as well, which is handy if you don't have an Echo.

You can get headlines and weather from your Echo, Echo Dot, Fire TV, Amazon Tap and many more devices. It features a new quad-core processor that makes it 30 percent faster than the previous version, according to the company. Any existing voice remotes will now become Alexa remotes, allowing you to use the AI assistant regardless of your hardware.

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

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