Alexa Follow Up Mode and Voice Profiles are now available in the UK and beyond

Customers outside of the US are starting to receive some of Alexa’s more recently added capabilities. Follow Up mode, which allows customers to string together multiple requests without needing to say “Alexa” each time, has been spotted in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. It may be available in other new regions as well. Voice Profiles, which allow Alexa to identify the speaker and tailor responses to them, has made an appearance in the UK as well. Follow Up mode is enabled on a per-device basis, so head into the device settings of the Alexa app to see if it’s available for your Echo. Voice Profiles are an account-wide feature, so check for a “Recognized Voices” option under “Alexa Account” in the Alexa app to see if it’s available.

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Alexa’s new ‘Brief Mode’ has arrived in the UK and Germany

Amazon has started to roll out Alexa’s new “Brief Mode” feature to devices in the UK, Germany, and possibly other countries around the world. The feature, when enabled, causes Alexa to respond with a confirmation chime for simple requests, such as turning on lights, instead of responding with its usual “Okay” reply. The feature first arrived in the US back in March of this year. It has taken a while, but it is now also available in other countries. To turn the feature on or off, find it under the “Alexa Voice Responses” option in the Alexa app’s settings menu.

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Alexa devices in the UK and Germany can now remotely control the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

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 Echo Spot is now available in the UK and Germany

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.

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Alexa in the UK can now also control TVs and other Audio Video devices — Possibly including the Fire TV

Amazon has announced that UK customers now also have access to Alexa’s recently added ability to control media devices like TVs, remotes, A/V receivers, and IR hubs. This is the extension of the Alexa Smart Home Skill API that allows customers to remotely control Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks using the Echo and Echo Dot. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 2 with Alexa arrives in the UK

The 2nd-generation Amazon Fire TV Stick has been released today in the UK. Several readers have let me know that their pre-orders have arrived and Alexa is finally working on a Fire TV device in the UK. The 5.2.4.1 software update that is currently rolling out to all devices will be adding Alexa to all existing Fire TV models in the UK and Germany as well. Amazon UK has now officially announced that all 1st-gen devices will be getting the new user interface and all models will be getting Alexa. The Fire TV Stick 2 will be arriving in Germany on April 20th, but existing Fire TV owners in Germany should start receiving the 5.2.4.1 update with Alexa before then, during the next few weeks.

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Alexa added to all Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models in the UK and Germany

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 5.2.4.1 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 ›

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 2 with Alexa announced for the UK and Germany

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 ›

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UK and Germany probably getting 2nd-Gen Fire TV Stick soon

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 ›

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Alexa Voice Service now available for the UK and Germany

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.

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