Today Sony has announced that the company’s latest 4K HDR televisions, powered by Android TV, will soon be updated to work with Amazon’s Echo devices. This new feature will arrive via a firmware update sometime this month. So the next time you yell at your TV, there might be some purpose to it.
You can see the complete list of compatible devices here, but the TL;DR is that the new feature is limited to 23 different 2017 and some 2016 XBR (Bravia) models with Android TV. It’s also only supported in the US at this time.
For some reason, the press release and Sony’s support page are both quite specific that this feature will only work with Amazon Echo or Amazon Dot devices, so it is possible that the new feature won’t support other Alexa-enabled devices. There are only a handful of functions that will work via Alexa, namely power on/off, changing the channel by number or name, volume and input control, and playback controls for DVR and streaming content. Most of the basics are covered but don’t expect to navigate settings menus with your voice.
There’s no precise date on when the update will roll out. It may even be available now, but Sony has promised to deliver it at some point during this month. In the meantime, if you have a supported TV you may wish to double check that it is set to automatically receive updates.
by Communications 07/13/2017, in Televisions
Sony’s 2017 4K HDR televisions with Android TV Are Now Compatible with Amazon Echo, Echo Show and Echo Dot
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