Since Alexa is absent, the remote also does not have the voice command button.
As rumours continue to swirl that Amazon Australia will officially launch in time for Black Friday, there are some interesting clues to be found in Amazon's launch strategy for its latest product: the Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition. This version of the Fire TV Stick does not include Amazon's digital brain Alexa because the virtual assistant is not available globally. Previously, Prime Video was limited to smartphones, tablets, the web and smart TVs, but now customers can plug this HDMI dongle into any TV and start streaming.
The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition comes equipped with a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage for all of your apps/games, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The move comes nearly a year after the retailer expanded its Prime video service to over 200 countries globally. It also allows users access to several music and gaming apps. Then you can stream Prime Video, Netflix, TV shows, movies, and more. Users can set the default language to Spanish, French, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, German or English.
Fire TV Stick Basic Edition costs $49.99 CAD in Canada, which is a no-brainer to connect all of your TVs to Prime Video, YouTube and more.
So what gives? One possible explanation is that Amazon does intend to sell the Fire TV Basic in Australia eventually, but doesn't want to do so until it can sell through the actual.com.au site, whenever that happens. Amazon's main Fire TV Stick Basic page proudly proclaims "this item ships to Sydney, Australia" when I view it. There's also a 4K HDR version of Fire Stick for $69 United States dollars, which could eventually reach Canada at some point, too.