Amazon and Google have been at loggerheads for a while due to strong competition in various segments, including the streaming devices space – the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Google Chromecast product lines directly compete with each other. However, hell officially froze over between the two companies recently when they decided to bury their squabbles and stop locking each other out of their respective TV ecosystems.
Amazon has released Alexa app for Android TV that will help the users to control several aspects while they play music or watch videos. The first lineup to get this voice assistant is Sony Bravia in select markets. It allows the Sony Bravia TV users to listen to music from Amazon music, Pandora, iHeart Radio, Tunein and much more.
Once you install this app on your television sets, select a group for your TV and complete the guided Sony set-up. It will allow the subscribers to use an Alexa enabled speaker to view your cameras or play music through your TV. However, make sure that you have all the skills for music providers and cameras using the Alexa mobile app enabled. Amazon Alexa will also be able to change the channel, adjust the volume, switch inputs and control media playback for your TV, as needed.
Amazon had promised this was coming since April this year when their relationship with Google improved for the first time since 2017 when they decided to pull their services from the devices of one another. The mutual agreement involves the bringing of YouTube to Fire TV, and the Alexa to Android, with support from the Prime Video app to follow in the next couple of months potentially.
If you want to download and install Alexa, it is available for select Sony TVs in the US, UK, Germany, Spain, France, Austria and the Republic of Ireland.
It remains to be seen how the adoption pans out, and how long do other TV OEMs take to match this app compatible with their TVs as well. As of now, there is no word regarding a possible rollout in India, so we will be presumably required to wait for a while, until the next announcement surfaces.