Amazon is laying off “several hundred employees” from its Alexa devision, including in India, amid a renewed focus on artificial intelligence (AI), the media reported on Friday.
With over 20 new Fire TV-branded devices Amazon has expanded its line-up at the ongoing Berlin Exhibition IFA. The new devices include a next-generation Fire TV Cube, 15 Fire TV Edition soundbar from Anker, including the first OLED Fire TV Edition smart TVs.
Quietly catching up with Roku, in terms of connected TV market share- Amazon has gained a lead over in the US in terms of connected TV market share. However, Fire TV has been claiming the top spot in some European markets.
The company today said its Fire TV devices now have more than 37 million monthly active users globally, which is ahead of the 30.5 million Roku reported in Q2, the TechCrunch reported on Wednesday.
Amazon’s Fire TV is a streaming TV system that essentially competes against Roku, Apple TV, and Google’s Android TV. It is currently available in smart TVs by Toshiba and others, as well as media streamers like the Fire TV Stick.
Both companies offer products that may be used by more than one person in a household, of course, but each household only gets counted as one user (or account) as long as they’ve streamed through the platform in the past month, the report added.
Of the new devices, the new Fire TV Cube is reportedly one of the more interesting additions to the line-up as it represents the second generation, and a big upgrade, over the existing product.
The updated Fire TV Cube now includes a faster, “hexa-core” processor that’s twice as powerful as the one that shipped in the first generation device.
(With input from agencies)