Didn’t we just have an event where Amazon announced everything that we should be expecting in the near future? I thought so too but I guess that was not all as yesterday Amazon released the Fire TV Stick 4K. This is nice to see as I think more media needs to switch to 4K content so having a streaming device in this price point that can deliver fills a nice hole. From the Amazon listing for the Fire TV Stick 4K, the specs seem to be pretty much the same with the exception (as the name suggests) of 4K video support and Dolby Atmos. But if you look closely you will notice that the remote looks a bit different. In addition to the buttons, we are used to seeing you have a dedicated power button and volume controls which could make for a nice control package. This got me looking a bit further and discovered that the Fire TV Stick 4K has the ability to control devices it is connected to, assuming they are supported. This should work much like the Amazon Fire TV Cube which I have been very happy with.
I am pretty excited about the Fire TV Stick 4K as I have a television that I need better control over that only has a Fire TV Stick connected to it. Unfortunately for me that television does not support 4K so I will not be taking full advantage of the Fire TV Stick 4K but I still think I may upgrade just for the device control aspect.
After a little more digging I found the all-new Alexa Voice Remote with power and volume controls also available for preorder so it looks like I simply need to upgrade my remote and not my whole Fire TV Stick. The new Alexa Voice Remote is compatible with the 3rd Generation Amazon Fire TV and the 2nd Generation Amazon Fire TV Stick.
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