With Alexa's help on devices like the Amazon Echo, Echo Show, and others, you can control connected thermostats, light bulbs, and other products.
But Amazon's new device is the first time the company has bundled a Fire streaming device with something resembling a complete Alexa experience, a bet that the popular digital assistant might prove as useful to people in managing their entertainment system as Echo speakers were in the kitchen setting timers or playing music.
With eight microphones and the advanced beamforming technology pioneered in Echo devices, use your voice to check the weather, listen to the news, control compatible smart home devices, and more-even with the TV off. Like Amazon's other Fire TV devices, the Cube's actual remote control still lacks volume buttons and the ability to talk to other devices via infrared, so if you don't feel like talking to the TV, you'll need a second remote to turn up the volume. Even with the TV off, simply say "Alexa, play Billions on SHOWTIME" and Fire TV Cube powers on your TV and starts playback right where you left off.
But instead of tucking away behind the TV, the Fire TV Cube-which is, indeed a cube-is created to sit out in the open, and has a far-field microphone array and speaker for hands-free Alexa voice commands.
'And, it's just the beginning.
As an extra bonus, if you activate the Fire TV Cube before July 1, you'll get a $10 credit for Amazon Prime Video.
Amazon Fire TV Cube is available for pre-order starting today for $119.99. And as part of a special promotion, Prime members can receive a $30 discount on pre-orders placed on June 7 and 8, bringing the price down to just $90. Plus, for a limited time, customers can pre-order Fire TV Cube and Amazon Cloud Cam together for $199.98 - a $40 savings.
Using these U.S. prices as a guide, and if we look at Amazon's current media streamer offering, we can at least make an educated stab at what the Amazon Fire TV Cube could retail for when it arrives in the UK. However, the Fire TV Cube comes with a voice remote, an auxiliary IR emitter to supplement the one built into the Cube itself, and a wired Gigabit Ethernet adapter just in case the user's Wi-Fi can't handle the punishment of a 4K video stream.
According to today's official release, the Amazon Fire TV Cube will go on sale in the United States on 21 June. The addition of IR control is definitely what sets the Fire TV Cube apart.