Amazon Fire TV Cube unveiled

09 June, 2018, 21:34 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
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If you are a Prime customer though, it will be available for $89.99 though, for the pre-orders that go out today and tomorrow.

Perhaps they control your lights, heat, security system, but are these smart devices we've put in our homes spying on us?

But the Fire TV Cube's standout feature might be its support for set-top cable boxes.

The Fire TV Cube is really optimized for the latest 4K TVs, but not all the latest 4K TVs. However the Fire TV Cube benefits from its built-in speaker, far-field voice control of TV and compatible smart devices in your house, Ethernet adaptor provided in the box, and double the built-in storage (16GB). The result is that instead of just using voice commands to navigate content and menus, you can use them for pretty much everything involving your home entertainment set up, whether that's turning your TV on and off, changing the channel, adjusting the volume, or switching between different inputs.

It is essentially a cross between a conventional 4K Fire TV and an Amazon Echo voice-enabled speaker.

The Amazon Fire TV Cube has launched in the USA initially.




The communication between the Fire TV Cube and the other devices is carried out by multi directional IR blasters. Some apps or streaming services may require viewers to pick up the included remote to rewind or stop a show.

Amazon Fire TV Cube uses far-field voice recognition with eight microphones to hear you even from across the room.

Amazon is launching a new Alexa-controlled TV device called Fire TV Cube. The devices became available in Germany and Austria earlier this year. The NPD Group found that Roku's average selling price was less than $50, suggesting that most customers also opt for the company's cheaper streaming sticks.

That means even if your TV is off, you can drop "Alexa, watch whatever show on whatever service" and the Fire TV Cube will turn your TV and soundbar/receiver on and start streaming your request.

Amazon shares ended the US Tuesday trading session 1.87% higher at $1,696.35.

If the Fire TV Cube succeeds, then, it'll be entirely because consumers see the value in having hands-free voice controls built in. "We think this is enough of a game-changer that customers are really going to like it".

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