Amazon has started rolling out an update in the UK and Germany that allows external Alexa devices to control Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks. This feature has been available in the US for several months but is now making its way overseas. With this capability, you can ask Alexa on an Echo device to launch apps, start content, and control playback on Fire TV devices without using their remote control. Read more ›
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Amazon has announced that the Echo Spot is now available in the UK and Germany. In the UK, it is priced at £119.99 and in Germany, you’ll pay €129.99. Both the white and black versions of the Echo Spot are available to preorder today in both countries and will be released on January 24th. The Echo Spot is Amazon’s second Echo with a screen, after the Echo Show. It features all of the same features of the larger Echo Show, but in a more compact form factor.
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. Read more ›
As expected, Amazon has announced that the 2nd generation Fire TV Stick, which was released in the US last October, is coming to the UK and Germany. The quad-core streaming stick is now available for pre-order in the UK for £39.99 and in Germany for 39,99 €. In addition to being a much more capable device than its predecessor, thanks to its quad-core 1.3 Ghz Mediatek 8127D processor, Mali-450 GPU, and 802.11ac WiFi, the all-new Fire TV Stick 2 comes with a voice remote and full Alexa capabilities. Read more ›
The 2nd generation Fire TV Stick has been available in the US since October of last year, but Amazon has not released it in other regions yet, like the UK and Germany, where they still sell the 1st generation device. I think this is about to change soon, due to an abrupt supply shortage of Fire TV Sticks in the US. Earlier this week, the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick suddenly became backordered in the US. Ordering one today won’t see it arrive for over a month. I suspect this is due to Amazon rerouting all supplies to the UK and Germany in preparation for the device’s imminent international launch. Read more ›
Amazon has announced that Alexa Voice Service (AVS) is now available for devices in the UK and Germany. AVS is what allows any manufacturer to build Alexa into their device. This is distinctly different from the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), which is what allows Alexa to talk to other devices and services. The US already has devices, like the Triby, that have Alexa built-in, with more devices, like a GE lamp, on their way. Now customers in the UK and Germany should start seeing devices hit the market with Alexa capabilities built-in. This news should mean that Alexa will finally make her debut on UK and German Fire TVs soon.
One of the most common questions I’ve been asked recently, during the Q&A portion of the AFTVnewscast, is whether or not UK and German Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks will be getting access to Alexa on their devices like is available on US devices. Now that the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are officially available in the UK and Germany, you would think Amazon would activate Alexa on all Fire TVs, but they’ve been silent on the matter. I did some digging through the latest Fire TV software update to see if I could determine the answer to this question for myself and I think I’ve found evidence that suggest Alexa is indeed coming to Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks in the UK and Germany. Read more ›
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Amazon has dropped the new Fire TV to £64.99 in the UK and 84.99€ in Germany. Other retailers, including Currys, John Lewis, and Argos have followed suit and done the same. Since the UK and Germany didn’t see the Fire TV go on sale during the Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale event, this is likely the cheapest the Fire TV will for international residents. Big thanks to iCHAP3RZ for pointing this out!
Clearing out stock of the Amazon Fire TV in preperation for a new model seems to be continuing. The Fire TV is currently on sale in the UK and Germany. Amazon UK has lowered the price from £79 to £64. Not as good as the fire sale form a couple weeks ago, but still a great price. Amazon Germany is having their own fire sale for today only and has lowered the price from 99€ to just 69€. Considering US stock of Fire TVs is next to nothing, I doubt we’ll be seeing the Fire TV discounted in the US anytime soon.
Amazon’s German website isn’t going to let the UK have all the fun. It too has now reduced the price of the Fire TV Stick, dropping it from 39€ to 29€. The UK sale is still active, but both price drops are very likely temporary. The big question is will the US also be dropping the Fire TV Stick’s price soon. In the past, Fire TV sales in the US have not mirrored sales overseas or vice versa. That said, the Fire TV Stick has been out for 6 months now in the US and has never gone on sale, so it seems due for a temporary discount.