Amazon Echo

BBC launches first children’s voice experience

The BBC has launched its first voice experience for children, allowing kids to play along with their favourite characters via Amazon Echo smart speakers. The BBC Kids Skill launches today with three games featuring CBeebies characters – Little Monster’s Hide and Seek, Andy’s Adventure Dance Party and Go Jetter’s Glitchy Facts. Children and adults can access the […]

MTV UK teams up with Amazon for flash briefing on Echo Show

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN)-owned MTV UK has teamed up with Amazon to launch a new ‘flash briefing’ skill for Amazon’s Echo Show, which is being launched in the UK following its rollout in the US. Echo Show has similar functionality to the existing Amazon Echo voice assistant but with the addition of a seven-inch […]

Amazon launches new 4K UHD Fire TV device

Amazon has launched of its Fire TV streaming device featuring support for 4K Ultra HD video, HDR and Alexa voice-enabled remote. The device, which Amazon says is 40% more powerful than the existing Fire TV Stick, will retail for US$69.99 (€59.53) in the US. The new device, which will begin shipping to US customers on […]

Netgem highlights role in EE TV Amazon Alexa voice launch

TV technology provider Netgem has confirmed its role in bringing Amazon Echo voice navigation to the EE TV platform in the UK. EE recently announced it was launching voice control through the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot devices, giving its TV customer the ability to ask for information about what is on TV and to […]

Sony Android TVs now compatible with Amazon Echo

Sony’s 2017 line of 4K HDR TVs with Android TV can now be controlled with Amazon Echo devices, thanks to recent firmware updates. Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa can now perform basic TV functions like controlling the TV power; turning up the volume; making content play, pause and fast-forward; switching inputs; and changing channels. “Voice control […]

Report: Google to launch 4K Chromecast, Home speaker next week

Google is reportedly gearing up to launch a new 4K version of Chromecast and its new Google Home speaker device at its planned October 4 event. According to an Android Police report, which cites two sources, the 4K Chromecast Ultra will retail at US$69 and Google Home at US$129. The devices will likely be announced […]

Amazon rolls out Echo and Alexa to UK, Germany

Amazon is making a bigger move into the smart home space by launching its Alexa cloud-based voice service and Echo voice-controlled speakers in the UK and Germany. Amazon said the Echo and the smaller Echo Dot will start shipping in the UK in the coming weeks and will start to ship in Germany next month. […]

Amazon CEO calls for ‘acceptable terms’ from Chromecast, Apple TV

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called for “acceptable business terms” for its Prime Video service if the company is to resume selling Chromecast or Apple TV devices. At the Code Conference in California, Bezos responded to a question about why the Amazon store stopped selling the rival devices to its own Amazon Fire TV line of […]