Amazon will soon release an update for the Fire TV set-top box that’s going to bring a string of new features to the device. Features that will arrive with this update include Alexa voice commands, which will make it very easy to do tasks like launching apps and starting videos, aside from a handful of other features.
The Alexa voice commands feature will enable users to launch an app by giving commands like “Launch Hulu” into the Fire TV Remote. Once the command is received the set-top box will automatically launch the app.
The same feature will enable users to play content from services like Amazon Video using voice commands. Users just have to give commands like “Watch Veep” to have the set-top box automatically bring up the content they’re interested in. The feature can also be used to find local movie showtimes.
Following this update, users will be able to access the full 4K library through the YouTube app. They will need a very good internet connection to be able to stream content in 4K UHD and will definitely need a 4K TV to watch the content in all its glory.
Amazon has said today that these new features, as well as other tweaks, will be heading to Fire TV set-top box within a couple of weeks.