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Amazon updating the Fire TV with a bevy of new features soon

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Amazon’s #FireTV is one of the best home entertain consoles out there, fighting it out in the market with the likes of Apple TV, Roku and a bunch of Android TV offerings. While the Fire TV received support for Alexa voice commands a couple of months ago, it is now getting smarter thanks to a new update.

Amazon has announced that 59 new apps will now support Alexa voice commands, letting you launch them with just your voice. Further, the update now brings the ability to stream 4K UHD videos from YouTube. So overall, this seems like a power packed update. It should be rolling out in the next few weeks according to the company.

Here’s the full changelog for your perusal:

  • Launch apps using Alexa—Say “Open HBO Now” or “Launch Hulu” into the Fire TV Voice Remote to instantly open the app
  • Play Amazon Video and Add-On Subscription content from Starz, Showtime, and more using Alexa—Say “Play Interstellar,” or “Watch Veep” and get even easier access to your favorite TV shows and movies
  • Find local movie show times via Alexa—Ask “What movies are playing nearby?” or “Where is The Jungle Book playing?” to find out what movies are playing in theatres near you or specific movie times
  • YouTube 4K Ultra HD—Access YouTube’s full 4K library via the YouTube.com app on Amazon Fire TV when connected to a UHD-compatible TV
  • Search for local businesses and restaurants using Alexa—Ask “What Mexican restaurants are nearby?” to find restaurants around you or ask “What time does the nearest bank close?” to get convenient information on businesses nearby
  • Access Kindle e-books via Alexa—Say “Read The Nightingale” to listen to text-to-speech enabled books from your Kindle library through Amazon Fire TV

Source: Amazon