Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

New Amazon Fire TV Stick With Alexa Launched In The UK

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Heather Davidson | 08 April, 2017, 07:39

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. You will need to use the Alexa Voice Remote that ships with the Fire TV Stick, but that's no real hardship as the first iteration came with a remote control anyway.

You'll be able to use Alexa across the many apps available for the Fire TV Stick, saying "Alexa, open Netflix" or "Alexa, find musicals". Before you can use the device's skills-Amazon's term for its audio controlled apps-you first have to enable them.

In the UK, Amazon Fire TV Stick includes support for services such as the BBC iPlayer, and catch-up platforms from commercial broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and Five. And after all, speaking commands like "Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride", without looking at a screen is Alexa's grand promise, isn't it?

Vice President of Amazon Devices International, Jorrit Van der Meulen said: "This is a big day for Fire TV customers". Today Amazon also announced that it will be pushing out an update that adds Alexa to all Fire TV hardware in the UK.

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.

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If you've had your eye on the new Alexa-infused Amazon Fire TV Stick since it was announced back in February, the wait is over: it starts shipping today.

The new Fire TV Stick has been completely redesigned, with a quad-core processor and the fastest Wi-Fi of any streaming media stick.

Until now, Alexa's domain had been the Echo and Echo Dot smart speakers.

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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