New Amazon Fire TV stick lets you use voice assistant Alexa

Amazon Fire TV stick

The new Fire TV stick from Amazon will ship with a speech-enabled remote to allow users to search for shows just by using their voice.

Bringing the Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant Alexa to the device is the main upgrade for this version, with Alexa proving popular already with the Amazon Echo speakers.

By introducing Alexa to this TV stick, it means you can simply say “Open YouTube” to launch the video service, or issue commands such as “go back two minutes” when watching a film on Amazon Prime. Alexa can also be used to answer your questions about the weather or transport, or to control smart home devices such as blinds, thermostats and lights.

The HDMI device plugs into the back of your television and connects to Wi-Fi, letting you use a range of apps for watching videos, TV programmes and films, in addition to other media. The online retailer will be selling the Fire TV stick for £39.99, and it will be released in the UK on 06 April 2017.

“Fire TV was the number one selling item on Amazon in the UK in 2016, and now we’ve made it faster and given it the best of Alexa,” said Jorrit Van der Meulen, vice president of Amazon Devices International.

He explained that the main focus for Amazon with this new TV stick was speed and performance; the company has managed to make it 30 per cent faster than the previous iteration.

The previous Fire TV stick has proven to be highly popular, with an average star rating of 4.5/5 on Amazon, receiving an impressive 37,000 five-star ratings at the time of writing. It has sold out and been replaced by the new Fire TV stick on the Amazon website, which is available to pre-order.

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