Amazon Fire TV Cube equipment control Amazon Fire TV Cube ($119 at Amazon) can control other devices connected to your television via HDMI and CEC.

Amazon Fire TV Cube — you've read our full review, right? — just got a firmware update that tweaks equipment control a little bit, almost certainly for the better. The update — Fire OS 6.2.2.2 (NS6222/1535), if you keep track of such things — adds the following:

  • You can now choose to have the Cube start on the home screen when you use your voice and Alexa and say "Alexa, turn on the TV."
  • You can control whether a connected sound device (receiver, sound bar, etc.) turns off or on at the same time as the television.
  • When you tell Alexa to turn off the TV, any video playing will pause and the Fire TV will head back to the home screen.

Those are all good improvements, if for no other reason than data caps are still a thing, and you don't want a device to keep sucking down data even when the TV is off. (Yes, that's really a thing.) Look for the update in your Fire TV Cube settings menu.

Amazon Fire TV Cube

$119 at Amazon

Amazon Fire TV Cube is a mashup of an Amazon Fire TV 4K and an Amazon Echo. It's a full smart TV system, with the ability to do all sorts of things hands-free thanks to Amazon Alexa being built into the box itself.

That's not to say you'll never need the remote control — or have to grab another remote to control things like volume and power. But it's a really cool iteration of both the Fire TV and Echo lines.

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