Earlier this month I speculated that the 2nd generation Amazon Fire TV Stick abruptly went out of stock in the US because Amazon was sending most units to the UK and Germany in preparation of an upcoming release. I can now say with certainty that Amazon will announce this week that the Fire TV Stick 2 will finally be available outside of the US, specifically in the UK and Germany. Additionally, when the Fire TV Stick 2 arrives in the UK and Germany, it will come with full Alexa capabilities in both countries.
Amazon tends to announce new products on Tuesdays, so the announcement of the Fire TV Stick 2 being made available in the UK and Germany may come as early as tomorrow. While the announcement will come this week, the Fire TV Stick 2 won’t ship in the UK and Germany until April. Preorders for the new device will be available the same day as the announcement.
Fire TV owners in the US have had access to Alexa since October of 2015 when the Fire TV 2 was released. Even though Alexa made its debut in the UK and Germany late last year with the arrival of the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot overseas, Alexa has been notably absent on Fire TV devices in those countries. The Fire TV Stick 2’s arrival in the UK and Germany will finally change that because Alexa will be on that device from day one. Based on past new device releases, I expect all other Fire TV models in the UK and Germany will receive Alexa capabilities through a software update around the same time as the Fire TV Stick 2’s release in April.