Alexa and Amazon Echo Now Available in France

Amazon launches Echo Look in U.S., could popularize computer vision via Alexa

With Alexa built-in, you no longer need to summon the assistant using a remote, like you had to with previous Fire TV devices.

Amazon also says that many of your favorite apps now support enhanced in-app voice controls on Fire TV, to help you navigate through content by voice, with dozens more coming by year end. Plus, any visual content you'd normally find on something like an Echo Show will be displayed on your television.

The Fire TV Cube has dual-band Wi-Fi built in but also comes with an Ethernet adapter for a wired internet connection. It's now only $89.99 for Prime members in the States, until the end-of-play Friday 8 June. You can use Google Home to control a Chromecast, for example, or any Echo to navigate your Fire TV.

Because it's a Fire TV product, the Fire TV Cube connects to your TV and plays content from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, NBC, ESPN, HBO, and more.

"We tried to be thoughtful about when she speaks back to you instead of just doing what you've asked her to do". It also includes the same beam-forming, noise-reducing, and echo-cancelling tech found in older Echo devices.

Amazon engineers have been promoting the development of foreign language applications with the release previous year of Cleo Alexa, a skill whose primary objective is helping Alexa understand different languages and dialects. The built-in microphones with far-field voice recognition will enable users to control their TV from across the room.

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Amazon also demonstrated the ability to have Alexa on the Cube respond to a vocal command even when the audio was blaring off the TV.

It can also stream in 4K HDR with Dolby Atmos, at least from services that are supported on Fire TV. The company says cable boxes from providers such as Comcast, Dish, and DirecTV are all supported.

"We believe voice makes it easier for customers to control their entertainment systems and watch the TV and movies they care about", said Marc Whitten, Vice President of Fire TV.

Amazon is expanding its lineup of Fire TV products today with the Fire TV Cube.

Amazon Prime members who pre-order today or tomorrow, June 7 and 8, can pick one up for $89.99.

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