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Echo devices with Alexa software compete against Google Home smart speakers, which became available in France past year, and with voice-activated devices from other makers including Apple. "Amazon Fire TV Cube will only get better over time with the Alexa service always getting smarter".

The Cube lets you control almost all aspects of your television-watching experience using nothing but your voice. The device offers similar capabilities to the original Fire TV and Fire TV Stick but adds certain functionality that proves Amazon wants to control your entire living room.

Amazon's Fire TV Cube lets you use your voice as a remote control.

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Since it supports HDMI-CEC, it can turn your TV on, go to particular content, run Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, ESPN, FOX NOW, SHOWTIME, STARZ, PlayStation Vue, CBS All Access, NBC and more, as long as the app works with Alexa. But the Cube's third feature sets it apart from the competition.

Fire TV users could use their voices to make requests by holding down on the remote, but this is the first time it's entirely hands-free.

"We tried to be thoughtful about when she speaks back to you instead of just doing what you've asked her to do". This enables users to do things like switching between TV boxes and consoles, searching for shows and controlling the volume. Voice search is also supported, not to mention all the typical Alexa tricks, like weather forecasts, news and smart home device controls.

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The Amazon Echo and Echo Spot are also more affordable, with the RRP of both devices set at €99.99 and €129.99, respectively, although at their sale prices they can be picked up for €49.99 and €64.99 apiece.

Amazon is also offering a separate IR extender which will increase the reach of the Fire TV Cube.

Amazon also demonstrated the ability to have Alexa on the Cube respond to a vocal command even when the audio was blaring off the TV. Another plus: since it's created to hook up to a TV, users can easily control and view smart camera feeds.

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The Amazon Fire TV Cube with IR blasters covered on its four sides allows sending commands to most devices present in an average TV setup.

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