Hands-free Alexa is coming to all Amazon Fire TVs

Joanna Estrada
October 22, 2020

The ability to pair your Amazon Echo with your Fire TV Stick meant true hands-free control over searching and playback (among other things) and was always a handy fall-back for when the inevitable happened and the remote control disappeared.

Amazon says it has improved the search and navigation capability with Alexa so you can ask Alexa to find content or go to specific places like your Watchlist or open an app in the Fire TV interface.

This is something you've been able to do by hitting the voice control button on Fire TV remotes, but obviously going completely hands-free is even more convenient.

These new experiences are available with any paired Alexa device (minus the Echo Show and Echo Spot) to your Fire TV.

The Fire TV Stick Lite ($29.99), Amazon claims is the most powerful streaming device under $30. These will only appear if your Fire TV device is active at that time.

While your roommates or family may complain if you keep asking the weather forecast or important questions during a movie, having this kind of smart display feature on your TV screen might be helpful - especially since you don't have to buy a smart display to get it to get it. The same goes for other functions such as your shopping list, video feeds from your security cameras and search results when you ask for nearby Chinese restaurants, say. So if you want to use Fire Toolbox, follow the Fire HD 10 guide.

These were the details of the news Amazon Fire TV Sticks now turn your TV into an Echo. for this day. Usually, of course, you'll want this to be the Echo device that's closest to your TV. For Echo Show, it's a slightly different process.

The update will be rolled out to users "over the coming week".

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