What TV looks and works like is now real TV. By a new software update, the Echo Show 15 It now supports Amazon Fire TV, allowing you to watch your favorite shows from various streaming services.
Platforms like YouTube, Disney Plus, and Paramount Plus have a new home on Show 15’s front. If you don’t mind smudges on the 15.6-inch HD display, you can use the newly developed virtual remote control to navigate the menus. This is especially useful as not all video apps are touch enabled. However, if you plan to use or already have the display in your kitchen (Amazon already knows you do (Opens in a new tab)), it works with the 3rd generation Alexa Voice Remote so you can keep it smudge-free. Or you can use the Fire TV app; It’s all the same.
In addition to Fire TV support, the Echo Show 15’s audio is updated, adopting from Echo Studio “the company’s custom-designed spatial audio processing technology.” This does not mean that the Display 15 gets the same spatial audio because the monitor probably isn’t capable of that. Still, an improvement would be worth it if it meant more immersive sound. One of its biggest drawbacks is the device’s audio performance, including lackluster bass.
None of the smart home features are cut out in any way. You can still use the Echo Show 15’s original smart home features like controlling other devices or tracking packages.
A glimpse into the future
What’s interesting about the Echo Show 15 is that back in September, Amazon revealed it More than 70 percent of device owners (Opens in a new tab) Use it to watch something from Prime Video. With that in mind, you could argue that Amazon gave the screen a more sustainable purpose in the midst of the company’s tough financial times.
If you weren’t aware, the Amazon Worldwide Digital unit, part of the company that handles Alexa and Echo devices, is on track to lose $10 billion, according to Report from Business Insider (Opens in a new tab). Apparently, the hardware isn’t selling well enough. It’s popular with its audience, but there just aren’t enough interested consumers beyond that core group.
These experiences don’t mean Alexa or Echo hubs will stop working overnight. far from it. If anything, we might see Amazon pull out all the stops to ensure these devices continue to gain support or potential new buyers. More people may pick up the Echo Show 15 due to Fire TV support. Either way, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Alexa and the devices that support it.
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