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Amazon's line of Fire TV products is about to get a lot smarter thanks to a software update that will bring its voice assistant Alexa to the devices for the first time in the UK.

Amazon has started to ship its new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote built-in to customers in the United Kingdom for the first time.

The same software update also upgrades previous generation Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices to the new, cinematic UI.

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Now all Fire TV Sticks will have the ability to use Alexa to find recommendations and ask questions, even if their device did not originally ship with a voice remote control.

In the UK, Amazon Fire TV Stick includes support for services such as the BBC iPlayer, and catch-up platforms from commercial broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and Five. From there, it will stream content to your TV using your home's broadband connection. Before you can use the device's skills-Amazon's term for its audio controlled apps-you first have to enable them.

At the time of announcement, being able to control your TV by voice was a novel thing in the United Kingdom, but even in that short time we've seen Sky Q introduce voice control, as well as the launch of Google Home on these shores. It is 1080p only, not 4K - for that you'll need the set-top-box.

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"This is a big day for Fire TV customers".

The new Fire TV Stick has been completely redesigned, with a quad-core processor and the fastest Wi-Fi of any streaming media stick. But while the best feature is undoubtedly controlling playback by voice - "Alexa, go back 30 seconds", for instance - that only works on Amazon Video.

They can also check the news and weather, plan their commute, get sports scores, create shopping lists, play music, order a auto from Uber or takeaway from Just Eat.

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