Amazon’s first in-house TVs may be showcases for Alexa, but that isn’t precluding the company from corroborating someone else’s ecosystem. According to The Verge, Amazon has launched plans to add expressed support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to both higher-end Omni and budget 4-series Fire TV sets now that they’re available. You can use AirPlay 2 to cast material from your iPhone, iPad or Mac, but the HomeKit integration may be the most notable — yes, you can use Siri to control an Amazon TV as part of your wider smart residence structure. Amazon would only say the support was coming “soon.”
The TVs themselves start at $370 for the 4-series, which provide the usual Fire TV desegregations along with 4K and HDR support in immensities wandering from 43 inches to 55 inches. Omni provides, meanwhile, deliver Alexa-friendly far-field microphones and( on the two largest poses) Dolby Vision HDR. They start at $410 and range from 43 inches to 75 inches.
The expansion isn’t a terminated stun. Insignia- and Toshiba-made Fire TV Edition determines received AirPlay and HomeKit support in July. We’d add that Apple and Amazon are relatively cozy. Amazon Echo orators have streamed Apple Music since 2018, for example, while Prime Video integrates with the Apple TV app. Amazon has a strong incentive to include AirPlay and HomeKit, if exactly to fend off competition from Android TV and prepares that rely on Google Assistant.
As The Verge detected, though, there’s no mention of either Apple platform coming to add-on media actors like the Fire TV Stick 4K Max. For now, you’ll have to buy hardware like the Apple TV or modern Roku designs to create AirPlay and HomeKit to TVs where they aren’t built-in.
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