Top Android news of the week: Pizza and the Echo, podcast support, HTC tanks again

This week in Android came word about Google Play podcast support, that older Fire Tvs will work with the Amazon Echo, and that the Echo will order pizza on demand.
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First-gen Amazon Fire TV to get Alexa support

Amazon is bringing Fire OS 5 to early Fire TV which means it will work with the Alexa software used in the Echo. Previously only the 2nd generation Fire TV ran Fire OS 5 so this is a move by Amazon to extend the latest OS and Echo support to earlier devices.

Fire OS 5 also means the older Fire TV sticks will work with Bluetooth accessories.

Source: Liliputing


Amazon Echo can now get you pizza

Due to a deal with Domino's Pizza, the Echo can now order you a pizza by voice. Once a Domino's custtomer account is linked to the Echo saved and recent orders can be made by speaking them to the Echo.

Source: Geekwire

Google Play to handle podcasts soon

Even though there are a number of Android podcast apps, a leak shows that the default Android music app, Google Play, will be able to handle podcasts soon. The leak appeared on Twitter but the tweet was soon deleted.

Some Android users apparently already have the podcast support in Google Play for some reason.

Source: Liliputing


HTC loses $101 million

Beleaguered HTC lost $101 million as shared in the company's latest quarterly performance. The loss is attributed to the poor performance of its flagship smartphones. This is the third quarter in a row the company has posted a big loss.

Source: Neowin

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