All-New Features in Amazon Alexa

Sep 10, 2021, 2:49 PM EDT
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All-New Features in Amazon Alexa
All-New Features in Amazon Alexa

Amazon has introduced a bunch of features to its Amazon Alexa voice assistant alongside all-new Amazon Fire TV Omni Series and 4-Series smart TVs and Fire TV Stick 4K Max with Wi-Fi 6, see the all-new features of Amazon Alexa:

Smarter content discovery

New Alexa features will make it even easier and more natural to find great content, without picking up the remote:

  • “Alexa, what should I watch?”: Need a new source for great movie and TV recommendations? Alexa Conversations for Fire TV allows you to ask Alexa for a recommendation just like you would a friend or movie expert. Alexa offers tailored TV show and movie recommendations from your favorite streaming apps like Prime Video, allowing you to refine searches by genre, actors, award-winning movies, and more, all from the comfort of your couch. “Alexa, what should I watch?” will launch in beta this year.
  • “Alexa, Play Something” from Netflix: Exclusively available on Fire TV and debuting this Fall, Netflix is making it easier to find something to watch. Netflix members love the “Play Something” feature today, and soon you can simply say, “Alexa, Play Something on Netflix” from the Fire TV home screen and Netflix will launch a show or movie you might enjoy.
  • “Alexa, play TikTok”: Fire TV was the first to support TikTok videos on streaming media players in the UK, Germany, and France, and soon, you’ll be able to access TikTok content in the U.S. and Canada. No more huddling around a cell phone to see the latest viral video—from your Fire TV, you can view and discover TikTok feeds and use AutoPlay, which will serve a continuous content feed without interruptions. Just say, “Alexa, play TikTok” to get started.
  • Discover more with X-Ray on Prime Video: X-ray is an exclusive feature on Prime Video that helps you learn more about what (or who) you’re watching on Fire TV. While watching Cinderella, just ask Alexa for information at the moment, such as “Alexa, who is this actor?” to see details about the actors in that scene appear at the bottom of your screen. You can also get bios, filmographies, facts, trivia, character backstories, photo galleries, bonus video content, and more, so you don’t have to pick up your phone.

Deeper smart home integration

The Fire TV Omni Series also has smart home features like Live View Picture-in-Picture, which lets you check your smart cameras without interrupting your TV viewing and displays your Ring video doorbell view when someone is at the door. The all-new smart home dashboard will be available later this year, allowing you to view and control linked devices across your house.

You may also use voice control to check if a device is on or off, control the item and its smart home group, and view a new Fire TV row dedicated to your smart cameras. A simple push of the Alexa button on the Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote will slide out a shortcut panel at the bottom of the screen, allowing you to access smart home controls, communications, weather, news, and more.


Simple video communications with Alexa Calling and Zoom

If you want to keep in touch with friends and family, you can utilize Alexa Calling from your home’s largest screen without picking up the remote. Simply put in a webcam to begin video calling from your living room. Zoom video calling will be accessible on the Fire TV Omni Series later this year for the first time on any smart TV.

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