Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick owners in the US have had access to Alexa on their devices for over a year, but the voice assistant hasn’t made an appearance on Fire TV devices overseas yet. That has finally changed with the new 126.96.36.199 software update currently rolling out to all Fire TV models globally. In addition to bringing the new Fire TV user interface to older 1st-generation models, as well as a few other new features, the update adds Alexa to all UK and German Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks.
The new 2nd-generation Fire TV Stick will be arriving at people’s doorsteps in the UK tomorrow, and in Germany later this month, with Alexa onboard, but thankfully existing Fire TV and Fire TV Stick owners won’t have to buy a new device to have access to the voice assistant. Once a device receives the 188.8.131.52 software update, the basic voice search capability will be replaced with Alexa.
Just like Fire TV devices in the US, basic voice searching for movies, TV shows, music, and apps will still work on UK and German devices after receiving the Alexa-packed software update. Just now, residents in those countries will be able to talk to Alexa as well, the same way one does with a device like the Amazon Echo.