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Amazon Is About to Give the Fire TV More Voice Controls


The Fire TV is one of the leaders when it comes to voice control on a streaming player. Now it looks as though Amazon is about to make it even more powerful.

Yesterday Amazon briefly updated its Fire TV Software Updates page with a new feature listing new Alexa voice controls. This new feature was first spotted by AFTVnews.com. According to this page, Alexa would soon be able to control video playback, app launching, and more on the Fire TV and Fire Stick.

This would mark a deep and new integration of Alexa into the Fire TV. This may seem small, but it would open the Fire TV up to those with physical disabilities who find using a remote difficult.

For now, it seems like this was posted in error because a few hours after the new feature was spotted Amazon quickly removed the post from its website.

Currently, if you ask Alexa on the Fire TV to open an app, the Fire TV responds with a message that the Fire TV doesn’t accept this request in this mode. The Fire TV will then ask you to change its mode in the app or on the device but no options currently exist in the settings.

Put it all together, and we are likely looking at a major new Fire TV software update coming soon.

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  • Diane U

    This doesn’t make sense. I always use Alexa to open the Sling TV app on my Fire Stick. I use the remote to pick the channel, but Alexa starts Sling.

  • Daniel Darnell

    I use alexa all the time on my Fire Stick and Fire TV to open apps. Like if I hold down alexa and say open FXNOW it says ok here is FXNOW and then opens it. Also video playback controls isn’t new you can tell alexa to fast forward one minute etc… and it will.

  • Eric

    I launch PS Vue from Alexa. It responds, here is PS Vooo, but launched correctly