Amazon is bringing its Alexa voice assistant to British televisions with a £40 Fire TV stick that turns almost any TV into a smart streaming box. The new Fire TV stick comes with a voice-enabled remote, giving users access to voice controls and search for movies, music and TV shows. But it will also perform Alexa's other skills, allowing users to check their commute, get a weather forecast and to answer questions and control smart home devices by speaking into the remote and showing new so called video cards with information on screen. Jorrit Van der Meulen, vice president of Amazon Devices International, said that the company's focus with the new Fire TV stick was on performance and speed, making it 30% faster than the old device, to provide a smooth, rich and voice-controlled experience in a package barely larger than a flash drive. He said: "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."
Feb-21-2017, 07:45:02 GMT