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Alexa now lets you control Fire TV apps with your voice

Alexa now lets you control Fire TV apps with your voice


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Amazon is rolling out a new feature to its Fire TV Cube, which lets users navigate around third-party apps like Hulu and Netflix with voice controls, via AFTVNews.

The new feature works like it says on the can: instead of using a remote to navigate menus, you’ll be able to use voice commands that emulate the buttons on a remote. So if you can’t find the remote, you’ll be able to navigate apps by asking Alexa to “Move right / left / up / down” and select the highlighted option with “Alexa, select.” There are also “Alexa, scroll” options for quickly navigating through menus.

The update should already be available on all Fire TV Cube devices, with 17 apps that support the hands-free navigation: ABC, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, The CW, CW Seed, DramaFever, ESPN, FilmStruck, Fox Now, FXNow, Hallmark Movies Now, HBO Go, HBO Now, Hulu, Netflix, Red Bull TV, and Tubi TV. Amazon is said to be working to add support for more apps in the future.