To work with the latter, Amazon has added a volume rocker, a mute button and a power button. There's still support for far-field voice recognition which was added to the Fire TV previous year, letting you control your content with Alexa by pairing the Fire TV Stick 4K with any Echo device. "The new Alexa Voice Remote also helps existing Fire TV customers control all their favourite entertainment by just asking Alexa", said Jayshree Gururaj, director, Amazon Devices.
The Fire TV Stick 4K will ship on October 31 and is now available for pre-order from Amazon for $49.99.
In many ways, the Fire TV Stick 4K appears to cannibalize the other Fire TV streamers on the market. "And it obviously brings the 4K capability to streaming on a stick form factor", Parag Gupta, Head, Product and Marketing, Amazon India told India Today Tech. You can say "Alexa, show me 4k TV shows" or "Alexa, watch Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan" to get started. Additionally, it's the first of Amazon's Fire TV Sticks to feature Dolby Vision. The new Fire TV Stick 4K ($50) offers robust HDR support along with Amazon's latest Alexa Voice Remote.More news: Colorado Rockies Douse Wrigley Field In Champagne After Upsetting Cubs
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The Fire Stick 4K, as the name suggests, is capable of showing UHD pictures, which will come as a relief for many users of Prime Video, as a lot of its original shows are filmed in the new format.
Along with the new features, the Fire TV Stick 4K continues to provide consumers access to an array of channels, apps, Alexa skills, live TV options, music streaming services, and more. Users in Japan can order now, and Amazon expects orders to begin shipping by the end of the year.
New Alexa Voice RemoteThe company also announced a new Alexa Voice Remote created to control TVs, soundbars, and receivers by using a combination of bluetooth, infrared, and cloud services. It won't arrive in the UK, Germany or India until 14 November, however. To coincide with the launch of the new Alexa Voice Remote, Amazon has added the ability to search for specific types of content using voice commands.