In a clear endorsement of the concept of voice-controlled TV in the mainstream living room, Sony has undertaken a firmware update so that Amazon Alexa-enabled devices can now control its 4K HDR BRAVIA TV models with Android.
With the update, users can ask Alexa to perform basic TV functions such as controlling the TV power, volume, play/pause/stop/fast forward controls, switch inputs and change channels. Owners of Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Show, and Echo Dot and a Sony 4K HDR television with Android can also ask: “Alexa, turn on my living room TV” or “Alexa, change channel to BBC One HD on my living room TV”.
Sony believes that voice control is a natural way to interact with technology in the home. “This is a great example of Sony’s commitment to delivering a wide range of innovative technologies to our customers,” said Sony UK TV marketing manager Mike Somerset. “Through our… BRAVIA range with the Android platform we are able to offer compatibility to consumers who have an Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Show and Echo Dot device in their home to use their devices to interact with the home entertainment experiences made possible by Sony BRAVIA.”
The new functionality is currently only supported in the UK and the US. Selected models of Sony’s Android TVs will also become compatible with Amazon Alexa via a firmware update available in November.