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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Amazon Alexa gains IFTTT support in the UK

Amazon Alexa has long had IFTTT integration in the US, but when the Echo and Echo Dot were released in the UK, IFTTT was missing. That changes today with the announcement that Alexa now works with IFTTT in the UK. IFTTT, which stands for “if this then that“, is a web service that acts as a middleman to facilitate communication between dozens of different devices and services. While Alexa can natively work with many services, IFTTT fills the cracks where functionality is missing. The most useful IFTTT function is easily the “trigger” phrase which allows you to execute any IFTTT recipe by saying “Alexa, trigger…” followed by any custom phrase you choose.

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Amazon Prime in the UK discounted to £59 for ‘The Grand Tour’ premiere [Expired]


Amazon has dropped the price of Prime membership to £59 in the UK in anticipation of the premiere of their new motoring show The Grand Tour. The first episode of the new series will debut on November 18th, which is also when the discounted Prime membership promotion ends. Amazon Prime membership is hardly ever discounted, so if you’re in the UK and have been considering joining Prime, here is your rare chance to save £20 off the £79 regular price.

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Evidence of Alexa coming to UK and German Fire TVs


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 UK offering £25 off a Fire TV Stick for new Prime members [Expired]


Amazon UK just started a new promotion where customers will receive £25 off a Fire TV Stick if they signing up for Amazon Prime in the next two days. With that discount, the Fire TV Stick would be only £9.99, which is just £3 more than the special pre-order discount offered when the Fire TV Stick first debut in the UK. Even though a new Fire TV Stick 2 is expected soon, that’s a pretty good deal for someone considering Prime membership. Thanks JackalDancer for the heads up!

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Amazon Alexa likely launching in the UK on September 14th


Amazon has sent out invitations to a mysterious event on September 14th to UK publications. If you ask Alexa what’s happening on that date, she responds with “I promised I wouldn’t tell, but a visit to London has always been on my bucket list.” While that isn’t confirmation of Alexa finally becoming available in the UK on that date, it’s pretty telling. There’s no clue whether we can expect any new Amazon devices that day, or if the existing Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap will become available in the UK that day. Hopefully, at the very least, Alexa in all UK Fire TVs will come alive that day, since the hardware is identical to US Fire TVs, which have had Alexa for nearly a year.

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Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick on sale in the UK and Japan [Expired]


Amazon devices are currently on sale in the UK and Japan. The Fire TV Stick is on sale for £29.99 in the UK and ¥3,980 in Japan. The Fire TV is on sale for £64.99 in the UK and ¥10,380 in Japan. Additionally, the Fire 7″ tablet is on sale in the UK for £39.99 and the Fire HD 10 tablet is on sale in the UK for £139.99. Germany and Austria’s Amazon sites don’t have any of these devices on sale, which is a bit odd since all three international sites tend to have sales in unison.

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Amazon Fresh grocery delivery arrives in the UK

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Amazon Fresh, the grocery delivery service, is coming to the UK. This marks the first time the service is being made available outside of the United States. Amazon Prime members in north and east London can sign up to have their pick of over 130,000 fresh items delivered to their door. Same day delivery is available if orders are placed by 1PM and you can pick a 1 hour delivery window to ensure you’re home. The service is initially available in 69 London postal codes.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick on sale in the UK for £29.99 [Expired]


Amazon is currently having a sale on the Fire TV Stick in the UK. The original Fire TV Stick is down £5 at £29.99, while the Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote is down £10 at £34.99. The sale is expected to last until Saturday.

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Last day for UK customers to get Amazon Prime on sale for £59 [Expired]


Today is the last day for UK residents to sign up for Amazon Prime at the discounted price of £59. At midnight tonight, the price returns to £79. It’s rare for Amazon to discount Prime membership, so now is a good time to join if you’ve been considering it.

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