Alexa Voice Remote for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick is back in stock

The Alexa Voice Remote for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has just come back in stock after being out of stock for about a month. If you’ve been needing to buy a new remote, it’s probably a better idea to spend just $10 more and buy a Fire TV Stick 2, which includes this exact remote, than to buy the remote alone. However, if you prefer to just buy the remote, here’s your chance. This remote has been out of stock and backordered for nearly this entire year, so it’ll be interesting if it remains in stock this time for more than a day. Read more ›

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Alexa Voice Remote for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick back in stock

The Alexa Voice Remote for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has just come back in stock. This remote has notoriously been sold out for months. The last time it was in stock was January, but then it sold out again in about a day, so if you’ve been wanting to buy one, here’s your chance to get one without having to wait.

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Alexa Voice Remote for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick back in stock after being backordered for 5 months

The Alexa Voice Remote for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has just come back in stock. It went out of stock for the first time in August and has been backordered ever since. I speculated earlier this month that Amazon may be having trouble manufacturing enough of these remotes since, at the time, the voice remote was backordered and all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick bundles which included the voice remote were out of stock worldwide, while bundles that did not include the voice remote were in stock. It seems Amazon has, for the time being at least, worked out their supply issues because all bundles, except the Fire TV 2 in the US, are now back in stock. If you’ve been wanting to pick up a spare or replacement voice remote, here’s your rare chance to get it without having to wait.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 2 includes the same voice remote as before

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Amazon has named the voice remote that ships with the new Fire TV Stick 2 an “Alexa Voice Remote.” The inclusion of the word “Alexa” raised questions on whether the remote was a new model or the same voice remote that comes with the Fire TV 2, since Amazon never used the word “Alexa” to describe the existing voice remote. It seems all but certain that it’s not a new remote because Amazon just updated the existing voice remote’s product page and added “Alexa” to the products name.

In contrast, when Amazon did release a new voice remote model last year, they gave it its own product page instead of updating the older models listing. As for which version of the existing voice remote is included with the Fire TV Stick 2, my money is on the hard plastic version, as opposed to the soft-touch plastic remote, because the images used show non-glossy buttons and a black Amazon logo. The slightly more premium soft-touch plastic remote has glossy buttons and a grey Amazon logo.

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Fire TV and Voice Remote stock instability hint at new devices

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The Amazon Fire TV has had some supply instability recently, which is likely an indication that new hardware is on the horizon. The Fire TV went out of stock as a result of the Prime Day sale in July. It didn’t come back in stock until earlier this week. All of Amazon’s other devices that went out of stock after Prime Day were back in stock within 2 weeks. Today, the Fire TV Voice Remote just went out of stock, for the first time ever, with an expected return date of Spetember 16th. The Fire TV’s long hiatus, and the Voice Remote’s sudden shortage, is a good indicator that both will likely be replaced soon. What’s most surprising though, is the Fire TV Stick’s supply stability. Read more ›

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New voice remote for Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick available for pre-order

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Now that Fire OS 5 is making its way to all versions of the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, new and old, Amazon is ready to sell the new wifi-based voice remote once again for $29.99. This remote was briefly available for purchase in December for a couple days, but was likely pulled to prevent poor reviews from owners of 1st-gen Fire TVs and older Fire TV Sticks which were incompatible with the remote at the time. Since Fire OS 5 adds compatibility for this new remote to older Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices, it’s finally safe to sell it without confusing uninformed customers.

Pre-orders for the new voice remote will ship on March 3rd, which is a good indicator that all Fire TV devices will receive the 5.0.5 software update by that date. Judging by the non-reflective buttons and the dark Amazon logo in the product’s photo, I’d guess customers who order this voice remote will receive the slightly cheaper “B” version of the two available models. An alternative to this new voice remote is the bluetooth based non-voice remote, which is also compatible with all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models, and is still available separately from Amazon.

Update

The pre-order page has been taken down, but you can now order the remote from here.

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Amazon finally selling new WiFi-Direct Fire TV Voice Remote separately

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Amazon is now selling the new wifi-direct based Voice Remote separately for the first time. This is the remote that ships with the 2nd-gen Fire TV and Fire TV with Voice Remote. There’s no way to know which of the two versions of this newer remote you’ll receive when ordering: the cheaper “Bane” version or the more premium “Gelato” version. Many who’ve bought the Fire TV Gaming Edition, which is currently on sale for $114.99, have been waiting for this remote to become available since that bundle does not come with a remote, just the new game controller. Amazon is no longer selling the older bluetooth based voice remote which came with 1st-gen Fire TVs. The new remote is backordered right now with an expected ship date of 2 to 3 weeks. Amazon is also selling used versions of the new remote, likely from returned devices, which appear to be available sooner than the new ones. If you purchase this remote separately, whether new or used, I’d love to know which of the two versions you receive in the comments below.

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Slightly cheaper voice remote shipping with newer Fire TVs

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Most people aren’t aware, but the Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote come with slightly different remotes. Well, at least they used to. It turns out that some, or possibly all, newer Fire TV shipments are arriving with the slightly less expensive voice remote which was originally only shipping with the Fire TV Stick. The Fire TV I ordered during the Black Friday sale included the “cheaper” remote, whereas the one I ordered at launch arrived with the “better” remote. Read more ›

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Uncovering the differences between the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick Voice Remote

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When the 2nd-gen Fire TV and new Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote bundle were first announced, I learned through my sources at Amazon that the voice remotes included with each device were slightly different. Now that both products have arrived, we can see that the two remotes are in fact different. Here’s a detailed comparison of the differences and similarities between the 2nd-gen Fire TV and new Fire TV Stick bundled voice remotes. Read more ›

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Amazon likely preparing to sell new wifi-based Fire TV Voice Remote separately

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Amazon appears to be preparing to sell the new updated Fire TV voice remote. This new remote reportedly connects to Fire TV devices via wifi direct, as opposed to the old voice remote which uses bluetooth to communicate with the Fire TV. It is also half an inch taller than the 1st-gen voice remote and is rated to last up to 12 months on a pair of AAA batteries.

Currently, Amazon only lists the old bluetooth voice remote for sale. Recently, they changed amazon.com/firetvremote to now point to a different product page than the old voice remote. The new product page does not currently bring up anything, but quiring the item number in the URL with Amazon’s product API reveals a message saying “this item is not accessible”, as opposed to the “invalid item” message one would get if the item truly did not exist.

When Amazon announced the new availability of the Fire TV in Japan, they began selling the new voice remote separately on Amazon’s Japanese site. We know it’s the new remote because the picture is different and the page does not mention “bluetooth”. It seems like the rest of the world will also be able to purchase the new remote very soon.

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