Amazon has updated Alexa with the ability to let users move their favorite music tracks, radio programs, or podcast episodes between multiple Echo devices. The update also lets you ask Alexa to pause a song on one Echo device and resume playback on another. The ability to move music, radio, and podcasts is not limited to Echo speakers, but also to the Echo Buds True Wireless Stereo Earbuds (TWS) and the Echo Auto in-car speakerphone. Alexa has also been updated to allow users to watch TikTok videos on their Fire TV devices.
To move your audio between Echo devices, you can say “Alexa, pause” on the first device and then ask the voice assistant to play it on your other device by saying, “Alexa, continue music here”. You can also say, “Alexa, resume podcast here” to postpone your podcast playback, or “Alexa, resume radio here” to postpone your radio track.
You can also say “Alexa, bring my music to the kitchen”. This allows you to take your favorite music from your bedroom or living room to places like the kitchen.
If you’re moving from an Echo speaker but have Echo Buds, you can connect them to your phone and say, “Alexa, move my music here”. You can also say, “Alexa, pause” to pause your music on your Echo device in your home, and then say, “Alexa, resume music” when using Echo Auto in your car to move your music around on the go .
Amazon has not provided any information on when the moving audio feature will be available for third-party Alexa devices.
In 2019, the Google Assistant got support for moving music between multiple Google Nest devices (formerly known as Google Home). Apple’s Siri also offers the same ability to move audio from one supported speaker to another.
In addition to the ability to move music, Alexa has been updated with support to play the NFL pregame show Two Minute Drill on devices with a screen including the Echo Show.
Alexa and Netflix have also teamed up to allow users to watch their favorite movies and TV series on Fire TV devices by saying, “Alexa, play (movie / show name) on Netflix”. You can also say, “Alexa, play something on Netflix” to watch a random movie or show on your Fire TV.
Amazon also announced the launch of the official TikTok TV app on Fire TV, which allows users to watch short videos on their TVs by saying, “Alexa, play TikTok.” Both Netflix and TikTok support are currently limited to Alexa users in the US and Canada.
The Alexa app has also added a new section called Automotive Hub that details the key features of your Alexa-enabled car. There’s also a driver-friendly UI for users who don’t have Alexa built into their cars. The auto-focused update is currently available through the Alexa app in the US.
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