Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is rolling out a couple new software updates today that’ll fine-tune the experience of using Alexa. The updates enable Alexa multi-room music and follow-up mode, and come at the heels of last week’s news of Alexa Announcements coming to the Fire TV Cube.
To use multi-room music, you can add the Fire TV Cube to the appropriate speaker group in the Alexa App, which includes your HDMI-connected TV, soundbar, or AV system alongside your other compatible devices like your Echo Show and Echo Dot. You can then ask Alexa to play music in that group with commands like, “Alexa, play my dinner party playlist downstairs”, and it’ll play music through supported platforms like Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio.
Follow-up mode is an Alexa feature that was introduced to Echo devices this past March, and it lets users make successive requests without repeating the “Alexa” wake word. When follow-up mode is activated, the blue indicator on the Fire TV Cube will light up on both the TV screen and the device. Follow-up sessions can be ended by saying “Cancel,” “Stop,” “Exit,” “Thank you,” or by pressing any button on the Alexa Voice Remote.
The software updates are rolling out to Fire TV Cube devices this week.