How to add FOX 2 to your Amazon Alexa flash news briefing

EVERYTHING SELLER Amazon has started selling something else in the United Kingdom: its first Fire TV Stick to bring Alexa onboard.

However Fire TV Stick and Fire TV customers will still be able to take advantage of a number of Alexa's capabilities.

Alexa draws on information from Amazon's cloud service to answer queries contextually, and is capable of telling jokes, creating events in digital calendars and opening new apps.

Now all Fire TV Sticks will have the ability to use Alexa to find recommendations and ask questions, even if their device did not originally ship with a voice remote control.

One of Google Home's selling points over Amazon Echo was that it added voice control of Netflix (and certain other video services, via third-party apps) when it launched in the United Kingdom, two hours ago.

Amazon claims that the new device is 30% faster than the previous version of the Fire TV Stick, and has been redesigned with a quad-core processor and "the fastest Wi-Fi of any streaming media stick".

Last year, Amazon announced the new Fire TV Stick and immediately started selling it in the US. The smaller Fire TV Stick is a memory stick-like device that plugs into a TV's HDMI port.

Now, curiously, this video functionality is ONLY on Fire devices, so if you have an Amazon Echo and a Fire TV, you can't issue instructions to the former and have them carried out on the latter.

The update bringing Alexa to existing Fire TV devices will roll out to customers over the coming weeks.

The device is also on sale at a few other retailers including Dixons Carphone, Argos, John Lewis, Tesco, Maplin, and Shop Direct if you prefer the brick and mortar experience.

  • Julie Sanders