If you pick up a brand new 4K Fire TV from Amazon you’re going to get access to its Alexa personal digital assistant as well. It’s not as extensible as it is on the Amazon Echo but it does allow the user to get information about weather, traffic, sports as well as music and audiobooks through Alexa. Amazon has released a software update today which brings Alexa to the original Fire TV.

It’s about time that Amazon brought the personal digital assistant to the first generation Fire TV, it never really said that this was out of the question, but it was clear that users would have to wait a while before the feature eventually trickled down to them.

The software update, Fire OS 5.0.5, is now being gradually rolled out to the original Fire TV. Not only does it brings Alexa but also bumps up the set-top box to Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Firmware rollouts for Fire TV are traditionally very slow and since they can’t really be forced on the device itself users will have to wait for a while until the update goes live in their region, however, it shouldn’t take too long as the process has already begun.

From the looks of it the original Fire TV stick might also get this update that brings Alexa but for now Amazon is only rolling out the new firmware for the set-top box. We shall find out soon when it intends to release this update for the first-generation streaming stick.

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