Amazon unveils Fire TV Cube to control television by voice

08 June, 2018, 04:28 | Author: Dominic Spencer
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Fire TV Cube is the first hands-free streaming media player with Alexa, delivering an all-in-one entertainment experience. "Amazon Fire TV Cube will only get better over time with the Alexa service always getting smarter". But instead of tucking away behind the TV, the Fire TV Cube-which is, indeed a cube-is created to sit out in the open, and has a far-field microphone array and speaker for hands-free Alexa voice commands. With it, you can use a voice command to turn on those devices, change the volume, and more, without ever needing to sync your remote with the other devices.

And if you don't have a cable box, Fire TV Cube will play content from a channel using the PlayStation Vue platform. As its "Fire" name suggests, this is a device created to plug into your TV, but its enhanced Alexa capabilities go far beyond what the existing Fire TV is capable of. Enjoy hands-free voice control-search, play, pause, fast forward, and more. Google already allows users to control Chromecast devices from its Google Home speakers, and has announced a soundbar from JBL with Google Assistant and Android TV software built in. That said, with the hardware that's packed into the box, we're sure that future firmware updates will bring similar rapid developments such as those that have been seen with the Amazon Echo smart speakers.

The Fire TV Cube will also connect to a low-priced TV antennae.


After making a request for, let's say, the Real Housewives of NY, the Cube will respond by serving up the user's cable, satellite box or some streaming apps.

Amazon is debuting a new Alexa-based streaming box today, but this one is a bit more capable than the rest of the company's lineup. However, the Fire TV Cube doesn't have all the smart capabilities as an Echo speaker, as it can't call anybody and it can't sync with other Bluetooth speakers. The company also says "dozens" more apps will add Alexa support throughout the year. But it can actually do quite a bit more than a Fire TV dongle.

The Amazon Fire TV Cube even supports 4K Ultra HD content up to 60 frames per second, HDR, and Dolby Atmos. This means that it's possible to ask Alexa on the Cube to "tune to CBS", prompting it to send commands to the cable box and switch to that channel.

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