Amazon has, for the first time, acknowledged the existence of the next-generation Fire TV that leaked last year. I’ve just discovered a new information mailing list page where customers can sign up to learn more about the “Fire TV Cube”. The page says details are coming soon but does not yet reveal new information about Amazon’s next streaming device.
Earlier today, a new category, simply titled “Fire TV Cube,” appeared on Amazon’s email subscription home page that allows you to sign up to be sent information about the upcoming Fire TV. Accompanying the signup page is a splash page with the teaser image, shown above, that begs the question: What is Fire TV Cube?
It is unknown if “Fire TV Cube” is the official name of the next generation Fire TV or if Amazon is simply using it here because that is what the Fire TV community has come to call the unreleased cube-shaped Fire TV. While the current 3rd-generation Fire TV is simply named the “Fire TV,” Amazon does officially refer to it as the “Pendant,” due to how it dangles from its HDMI cable. Whether Fire TV Cube is the official name or not, there’s no question the signup page refers to the leaked Fire TV with built-in hands-free Alexa voice capabilities.
We don’t know anything more about the Fire TV Cube, other than what I was able to dig up last year. The upcoming streaming device will have what amounts to an Echo Dot built-into the top of the device so that it can be controlled with just your voice. Current Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions can be controlled by Alexa, but you need to either use the included voice remote or an external Echo device. A built-in speaker in the Fire TV Cube will allow you to hear back Alexa responses even if your television is turned off.
The teaser image and email subscription page do not reveal anything about these expected capabilities, but it doesn’t seem like we’re far off from learning more about the next generation Fire TV. The blue beam of light streaking across the teaser image does certainly look an awful lot like the trademark blue LED light found on all of Amazon’s Alexa devices and matches the blue LED bar on the front of the leaked image.
4/24/18 2:43 PM PT
An Amazon representative has replied to my inquiry about the Fire TV Cube information signup page by saying:
“This was not an announcement, just a Webpage. More details are coming soon.”
So it seems like this page was not mistakenly published and that we’ll be learning more in the near future.