Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Tech | By Constance Martin

Amazon announces Fire TV Cube

Amazon announces Fire TV Cube

That might include soundbars, traditional cable boxes, or other types of IR-compatible accessories you might control with a standard remote. You can use Google Home to control a Chromecast, for example, or any Echo to navigate your Fire TV.

The Fire TV Cube goes up for pre-order today and begins shipping out June 21.

Amazon isn't the only company looking to replace the remote control with hands-free voice commands.

It can also show weather forecasts on the TV, order things from Amazon, make a phone call and control your smart home thermostat. It will also "put pressure" on its closest competitors, such as the Apple TV, to add similar capabilities for a lower price. Just say, "Alexa, switch to channel 31"; "Alexa, watch ESPN"; or "Alexa, tune to NBC".

Amazon today announced a new a new device that packs all the Amazon hardware into one device.

Echo devices with Alexa software compete against Google Home smart speakers, which became available in France past year, and with voice-activated devices from other makers including Apple.

The Cube has access to all the same apps and services as other Fire TV devices, such as Netflix, Hulu and, of course, the entire gamut of Amazon Prime Video content.

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The Fire TV Cube will also connect to a low-priced TV antennae.

The Amazon Fire TV Cube is the latest in Amazon's lineup of Alexa enabled devices.

"We think it's really going to change the way customers utilize Fire TV, because it's so much more functional", Prenner says. And as expected, it's a hybrid between a Fire TV and an Amazon Echo.

Fire TV users could use their voices to make requests by holding down on the remote, but this is the first time it's entirely hands-free. Comcast, DISH and DirecTV are among the cable services that are supported at launch.

There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more details. It also supported voice and visual input, though in a more rudimentary form than Alexa's more developed set of skills.

That's made life hard for premium streaming boxes like the Apple TV, which sells for $150 and up. Share your views with us in the comments. Then imagine that control plugged into your TV so you can control everything plugged in there with your voice as well.

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