Meet Amazon’s latest Alexa-powered device, the Fire TV Cube

Meet Amazon’s latest Alexa-powered device, the Fire TV Cube

Meet Amazon’s latest Alexa-powered device, the Fire TV Cube

It also has the basic Alexa functions seen in all Echo devices so you can still ask about the weather while trying on a new dress.

Amazon on Wednesday announced that its digital assistant Alexa is heading for France in Echo voice-commanded speakers as of next week. A whopping eight microphones enable Alexa to hear you "from across the room", while beamforming capabilities will make sure ambient noise, "reverberation, content now playing, and even competing speech" are suppressed for flawless voice command clarity.

You can pre-order the Fire TV Cube today for $119, and it'll include an IR extender cable and Ethernet adapter. If you're a Prime member, you will be able to get it with a $30 discount.

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

While the Cube aptly blends Fire TV and Amazon Echo functionalities, there's an extra reason why you might want to get your hands on it. You can enjoy Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, Showtime, Starz, and more like you normally would in high resolution.

Alexa itself is also increasingly inside some smart TVs. But the Cube's third feature sets it apart from the competition. The device uses eight far-field microphones to recognize your voice from across the room and will feed you responses like a normal Echo would.

Interestingly enough, the Fire TV Cube has some brand new competition on the audio side of things in Sonos' slick and smart new soundbar, the Sonos Beam. Simply ask it to play music, read the news, control your connected house or even tell a joke, and Alexa does as you ask. Another plus: since it's created to hook up to a TV, users can easily control and view smart camera feeds. Amazon has confirmed that the Echo Spot will be available from next month. Boom, full integration. It'll work with set-top boxes from Comcast, DISH, et al, too, in case you haven't fully cut the cord. Unveiled on June 6, the $399 Beam also offers Alexa at launch with voice control for select TV commands as well as select streaming services on Fire TV, and it will also add both Apple AirPlay 2 and Google Assistant down the road.

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