What you need to know
- Alexa Routines now work with Fire TV commands.
- You'll be able to weave in content focused commands such as pausing movies with typical smart home controls like dimming lights.
- Amazon is rolling this change out globally starting today.
Whether it's Samsung, Google, or Amazon, big tech companies have been working on 'routines' via their digital assistant in the past couple of years. These are simple shortcuts that aggregate and combine multiple actions into one command to save time and give users more countrol. Today, Amazon is rolling out an improvement to Alexa's Routines, adding support for the Fire TV's voice commands.
Writing in a blog post, Amazon's Fire TV team explained:
Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite
Amazon's newest HDMI dongle is its cheapest Fire TV stick ever. At $30, the Fire TV Stick Lite dispenses with the additional TV controls of its mainline counterpart, but it still gets the job done.
Nice. This makes IFTTT more and more unnecessary as time goes on (which is good considering it really isn't free anymore). I like Alexa routines and use the heck out of them. I guess it's time to pop a fire stick into the living room tv now (since its Android TV which I'm unimpressed with) because even the above-mentioned example would be very useful to me.
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