The newly introduced Fireplace TV Alexa Voice Distant that’s being bought individually and comes included with the brand new Fireplace TV Stick 4K and Fireplace TV Dice has numerous spectacular methods up its sleeve, however hands-free capabilities just isn’t a kind of methods. The distant doesn’t have always-listening microphones, just like the Fireplace TV Dice, that may be activated with a wake phrase. It additionally can’t relay gear management instructions which might be given to an Echo machine paired to the Fireplace TV machine.
Like all different Fireplace TV and Fireplace TV Stick fashions earlier than it, the Fireplace TV Stick 4K may be paired with an Echo machine to offer hands-free management. That is why Amazon is providing the brand new Fireplace TV Stick 4K bundled with a brand new Echo Dot for a reduced value of $79.98. Sadly, instructions spoken to the Echo machine is not going to be despatched to the brand new distant’s IR blaster to manage your own home theater gear.
I particularly requested Amazon about this functionality and so they have been clear that the microphone button on the distant had for use for the distant to manage TVs, AV receivers, Soundbars, and cable/satellite tv for pc packing containers. In different phrases, if in case you have an Echo paired to a Fireplace TV 3, Fireplace TV Stick 2, or Fireplace TV Stick 4K that’s utilizing the brand new distant and also you say “Alexa, activate the TV” to the Echo, the TV is not going to activate. You need to press the microphone button on the distant and say “Activate the TV” or press the ability button on the distant for the TV to activate.
Whereas hands-free gear management relayed by an Echo just isn’t supported by the brand new distant at launch, it may theoretically be added later by software program updates. Amazon was very clearly not prepared to take a position on any such functionality, so the characteristic is solely theoretical. Since we’re purely in hypothetical territory anyway, the brand new distant has a blue LED that, to me, is screaming to be a wake-word indicator mild, such as you discover on Echo units. Amazon may, once more, purely theoretically, add hands-free capabilities to the distant itself, like they added to the Amazon Faucet and Fireplace Tablets after the actual fact. For now, you’ll should both purchase a Fireplace TV Dice for hands-free gear management or simply proceed to make use of your poor fingers.