Amazon adds Alexa calling to the Fire TV Cube - and slashes the price

The Fire TV Cube just got a whole lot more useful

Alexa calling comes to the Fire TV Cube
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Amazon has just announced an update to its Fire TV Cube devices to bring hands-free communication support for its Alexa voice assistant. The update should begin reaching devices from today but it could take several weeks to reach everyone.

To celebrate, Amazon has also discounted the Fire TV Cube by $40.

Amazon: Fire TV Cube - Save $40
Amazon: Fire TV Cube - Save $40

The new update means that communication features seen on many other Echo devices such as calling, voice messaging and household drop in are now supported from the Fire TV Cube, making it a fully-fledged Echo device as well as Fire TV media box.

Amazon says that you'll get audible and visual notifications when you have incoming communications both when your TV is on and off. The Fire TV Cube will also intelligently mute or pause compatible playback if it's in use when you answer a call, and automatically resume once you're done.

You'll have to enable these new features once the update reaches your device, however. To do this, you'll need to fire up the Alexa app on your smartphone, select your Fire TV Cube and enable Alexa Communications and Drop In features.

After you've switched it on, you can then use commands like "Alexa, Drop in on the Living Room" to engage the new communications features from other the Fire TV Cube and other Alexa devices.

This augments the already substantial array of Alexa commands supported by the device, such as asking the assistant to turn on your TV or control your smart home devices.

Essential reading: How to delete your Alexa voice recordings

These aren't the first updates to reach the Fire TV Cube. Previously, Amazon added Alexa Announcements, multi-room music support, follow-up mode and support for an Apple Music skill.

As for its media capabilities, the Fire TV Cube supports 4K streaming at 60Hz, HDR, HDR10 and Dolby Atmos and includes all the apps and streaming services available on other Fire TV devices, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon: Fire TV Cube - Save $40
Amazon: Fire TV Cube - Save $40

To coincide with the rollout of these new features, Amazon has also discounted the Fire TV Cube, meaning you can pick one up for $79.99, a saving of $40. That's a double-whammy of good news.

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