Your Amazon Fire TV is about to get way better

How to use your Amazon Echo to listen to your local news from the LA Daily News

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.

The new Amazon Fire TV Stick comes with Amazon's Alexa voice activated assistant and it is now available in the United Kingdom for £39.99. It took a while, but the device, which comes with an Alexa-enabled voice remote, is now finally available in the UK. And if you already have a Fire stick then you'll be able to run an update and get the Alexa update so you can voice command at will.

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. If you have a Chromecast, you can use Google Home to voice-control your TV - and unlike the Fire TV Stick, it works on Netflix playback too.

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.

The stick costs £40 and is available now.

Alexa power users (and CNET) will point out that this voice-enabling capability was rolled out previous year, but the new big change here is about semantics.

You don't need to buy the new Fire TV Stick in order to access Alexa, though.

"This is a big day for Fire TV customers", said Jorrit Van der Meulen, vice president of Amazon Devices International.

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

Amazon's line of Fire TV products is about to get a lot smarter thanks to a software update that will bring its voice assistant Alexa to the devices for the first time in the UK.

The digital assistant is always learning and developers are continually updating its software.

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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