Amazon has just released a software update for its Fire TV devices that allows you to control them using Alexa on another device... like, say, an Amazon Echo. The update was first spotted by Android Police.
To use the new feature, you’ll have to link your Fire TV to your Alexa device using the Alexa app on your smartphone. Once set up, you’ll be able to use voice commands through Alexa for things like playback controls, searching for videos, and opening apps. It’s similar to the functionality provided by Amazon’s Alexa Voice Remote for the Fire TV, just without actually requiring that you use a physical remote. The update is compatible with all of Amazon’s Fire TV devices, except for the original first generation Fire TV Stick.
It’s also a move that puts Amazon’s virtual assistant on par with Google’s Home speaker and Chromecast, which have granted the ability use the Home in tandem with a Chromecast for voice commands for a while now.