Earlier this week, Alexa gained a powerful new IFTTT trigger that allows Amazon Echo and Fire TV owners to perform actions by setting up custom phrases. This new ability, with IFTTT acting as a mediator, brought smart home device control to the Fire TV for the first time. Now, Amazon has natively added all the connected home device capabilities from the Amazon Echo to the Fire TV. You can now control lights, outlets, and more directly through your Fire TV voice remote.
The Amazon Echo gained the ability to control Philips Hue and Belkin Wemo smart home lights and switches earlier this year. A few months later, support for the Wink Hub was added to the Echo, followed by support for Samsung SmarThings being added shortly after. When the 2nd-gen Fire TV launched with Alexa, support for connected devices was not included. Now that shortcoming has been resolved.
Second generation Fire TV owners, as well as those with the new Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote bundle, can now say “discover my devices” into their voice remote and the Fire TV will find any smart home devices connected to the same network. Once the devices are paired, you can issue all sorts of voice commands to those devices.
Lights can be turned on and off, as well as dimmed with your voice. If you light supports it, you can even change the light’s color. Anything connected to a smart outlet, like the WeMo Switch, can be turned on or off with your voice. The list of devices that can be controlled by Alexa has been steadily growing each month.
First generation Fire TV and non-voice Fire TV Stick owners will gain Alexa, as well as this new smart home control capability, when the Fire OS 5 software update arrives on those devices. Right now, we’re expecting that software update to arrive in January.