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Amazon Fire TV Devices Get Alexa in Hindi, Routines Support

The latest experience is available to Fire TV users through an over-the-air software update.

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Amazon Fire TV Devices Get Alexa in Hindi, Routines Support

Amazon is set to expand Alexa in India by bringing Hindi support to Fire TV devices

Highlights
  • Amazon has brought Hindi support for Alexa on Fire TV
  • Users will get an over-the-air update to start speaking in Hindi
  • Amazon has expanded Alexa Routines to Fire TV

Amazon Alexa on Fire TV devices in India has received Hindi language support. With the latest update, users on Fire TV devices, including the Fire TV Stick, can now ask Alexa questions in Hindi. This adds to the existing English language support on Alexa. Amazon has also expanded Alexa Routines to Fire TV devices. This new addition, which is available in India along with other global markets, allows users to execute multiple actions across smart home devices using the Alexa integration.

You can speak with Amazon Alexa in Hindi on your Fire TV devices by leveraging the new update. The new experience is available to let you explore Alexa in Hindi for music, personality, smart home, timers and alarms, weather, news, local search, skills, among other features.

Amazon told Gadgets 360 that the new experience would be available to all Fire TV users through an over-the-air update in a couple of days, and it would allow users to not just speak with Alexa in Hindi but also receive Hindi inputs from the voice assistant. However, if a user isn't getting Hindi support yet, they can manually download the new software by going to Settings > My Fire TV > About > Check for Updates.

Once the latest software is in place, Fire TV users in India can switch their language by going to Settings > Preferences > Language to start speaking with Alexa in Hindi. New users can select Hindi while setting up their new Amazon device.

In September, Amazon added Hindi support to the Alexa app on Android and iOS. The US company also brought Hindi to Amazon Echo devices in September last year.

Aside from the Hindi language update, Fire TV devices have also received the ability to be a part of Alexa Routines. This allows users to execute multiple actions such as powering a Fire TV device at a particular time or controlling a smart home device alongside playing music on a Fire TV device.

For instance, you can create an Alexa Routine so that when you say, “Alexa, I'm getting a snack,” Alexa will pause your Fire TV content and turn on your smart lights. You can also create a Routine and say “I'm back” so that Alexa can turn off your smart lights and resume playing content.

Additionally, you can create an Alexa Routine to turn off your Fire TV device and begin dimming your smart lights by saying, “Alexa, time for bed”.

Multiple Routines can be set up using the Alexa app. Once you go to the Routine setup page in the Alexa app, you'll see which Fire TV device control actions can be included in your Routines. You can link your Fire TV device to the Alexa app by going to Settings > TV & Video > Fire TV.

Amazon says the new Alexa Routines update is available across all Fire TV devices. However, if you're on a Fire TV Stick, you'll need support for HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) on your TV to use a Routine to switch it on or off.


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Jagmeet Singh Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send in your leads and tips. More
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