It was only a matter of time before Amazon combined these products. The Metropolitan Project
announces the “New Amazon Fire TV with Alexa.” We learn:
Alexa through your Fire TV can do almost everything that Alexa in the Amazon Echo can do, and an exec leading a demo says that the goal is to eventually get absolute parity between the two.
Amazon believes the combination will entice users who really want the $179 Echo, but can only afford the $99 for Fire TV. The $80 difference? One can launch Echo with a voice command but must press a button on Fire TV’s remote to begin. Hmm, does that mean the less expensive device is not “always listening?” This could be considered a plus by security-conscious prospective users.
Cynthia Murrell, April 24, 2017