Amazon has announced that its second generation Fire TV Cube can now participate in two-way Zoom video calls. The company rolled out video conferencing support between the Fire TV Cube and Alexa smart displays late last year, but Zoom offers even more options for hosting virtual chats or work conversations on the largest screen in your home. This would have really come in handy over the past year, but better late than never I guess – and it should still come in handy for anyone on a hybrid office/home schedule for the next few months.
The Zoom app for Fire TV is required to get started. Of course, that also applies to a webcam, and the company has a number of minimum requirements in that regard:
You will need to connect a webcam that supports USB Video Class (UVC) with a resolution of at least 720p and 30fps to your Fire TV Cube using a Micro USB to USB adapter. For a better experience, we recommend webcams with 1080p resolution and a 60-90-degree field of view at a distance of 6-8 feet from the TV. We do not recommend 4K webcams.
Once you’re up and running, Amazon says you can join meetings with a “Alexa, join my Zoom meeting” voice command. Alexa will then ask for the meeting ID and passcode, which you can enter with your voice or the remote. If you sign in to the Zoom app, you should see your upcoming meetings and join faster.
Full details on Zoom calls on the Fire TV Cube can be found on Amazon’s blog. Please note that the feature is currently only available for the second generation Fire TV Cube and not for the original model released in 2018.