The next time you shout at the TV, it might just listen.
Amazon is preparing to send out an update that will allow its Fire TV devices -- including the Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions -- to work with its Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show or whatever other Alexa-powered device you have.
"But Ian," I hear you say. "Couldn't I already do that with a remote control?"
You, dear reader, are correct. But after the update, your voice will be like a remote too. And no one can take it from you when you get up from the couch for a snack.
"But Ian," I hear you say again. "Couldn't I do this with my Google Home speaker and Google-powered TV?"
. But soon you'll soon be able to do it with your Amazon stuff too.
I say "preparing" and "soon" because the update was posted to Amazon's page for Fire TV software updates, but then removed, with no further details posted in its place.
A company spokesman declined to make an official statement.
First published July 12, 12:43 p.m. PT.
Update, July 13 at 9:28 a.m.: To reflect statement from Amazon.