This past week there were 36 new apps and games released for Amazon Fire TV devices. Endless Truck is a race game with a never ending track. The goal is to see how far you can get before running out of fuel. There were numerous international apps released this week. For German Fire TV owners, freenet Video has brought their library of over 1,000 films and TV shows to Fire TVs. A Canada specific SiriusXM for TV has arrived this week. Middle Eastern customers may enjoy JadooTV and its hundreds of channels. Caribbean content can be found in the new Tego TV and Indian content is available through numerous new apps from Zenga. Continue on for the full list of new apps and games released in the last 7 days. Read more ›
Prices for the various Fire TV Edition television models and sizes vary every week, but I only post about them when they reach all-time low prices. That’s the case with the Insignia 43″ 4K Fire TV Edition television which has just dropped to a new all-time low price of $199.99. The lowest it had ever been prior to this sale is $249.99. Other deals on Fire TV Edition televisions that are currently available include the Insignia 24″ 720p model for $99.99 and the Toshiba 49″ 1080p model for $249.99. Both of those deals match the lowest prices that we’ve seen in the past. The Insignia 55″ 4K model for $349.99, which I posted about last week, is also still available. That is a new all-time low price for the largest available Fire TV Edition television.
Amazon introduced Alexa Blueprints last year as a way for anyone to create their own Alexa SKills, without any coding, right from a web browser. They later made it possible to share those custom skills with friends and family, but now they’ve announced that you can publish your custom skills to the Alexa Skill store for anyone to use. Read more ›
The Garmin Speak is on sale for $67.95. This is the new lowest price that I’ve ever seen for the Speak. It’s essentially an Echo Dot for your car that will also display turn-by-turn navigation on its screen. This is the original model that debuted for $149.99, so it’s a significant discount from the original price. The Garmin Speak Plus is also on sale, but its $179.99 price is quite a bit more than the base model. The Plus simply adds a dash cam to the original Garmin Speak. If you want Alexa in your car and can’t wait for the Echo Auto, which seems to be taking longer than expected to be available, consider the Garmin Speak. The Roav Viva is also a viable option.
Philo, one of the most affordable streaming TV services thanks to their $16/mo 44 Channel plan, has just updated their Fire TV app to integrate into the Fire TV’s default program guide and home screen. This means that all of Philo’s channels can now show up in the “On now” row on the home screen, in the “Recent” row when viewed, and in the channel guide along side other content sources, such as over-the-air channels from a Fire TV Recast or the built-in tuner of a Fire TV Edition television. Read more ›
Groupon is currently offering 3-Months of Pandora On-Demand Premium for free. This is a subscription music service, like Amazon Music Unlimited, that normally costs $9.99 a month for an individual plan or $14.99 a month for a family plan. You can choose either 3 months of the individual or 3 months of the family plan for free. The third option is Pandora Plus, which is just Pandora’s regular radio service, but without ads, that normally costs $4.99 a month. The Pandora On-Demand Premium plan lets you select individual songs or playlists to play, while the Pandora Plus plan does not let you select individual songs. Read more ›
Amazon has announced that they will acquire mesh router company Eero to expand their smart home portfolio. Eero is best known for being the first to popularize mesh routers which use multiple access points, spread across your home, that work together to create a single WiFi network that typically provides better connectivity than a single router. Read more ›
For those of you with rooted 2nd-generation Fire TVs, Rbox has just released a pre-rooted ROM of the latest 184.108.40.206 software update. This will allow you to update your rooted device without losing root access. You can download the image from the usual XDA forum thread and install it through TWRP by following this guide. I have not had a chance to capture the update images for the Fire TV 1 or Fire TV Stick 1 yet, which is why pre-rooted ROMs for those devices have not been created. I’ll do that soon and shoot them over to Rbox and, hopefully, he will have time to make those pre-rooted images as well. Please be sure to donate to Rbox to support him and thank him for continuing to keep all of our rooted devices updated.
The Insignia 55-inch Fire TV Edition television has just gone on sale for $349.99. Apart from a very short-lived doorbuster deal at Best Buy during Black Friday (that lasted about an hour), this is the new lowest price this TV has ever been. It has been $379.99 in the past, but this is the first time it has ever been this low at Amazon. This TV is the largest Fire TV Edition television currently available. It features 2160p 4K resolution, but don’t be fooled by the “HDR” in the title. That just means it can play HDR content, but it is not a true HDR television. Other Insignia and Toshiba Fire TV Edition television models are also currently on sale, such as the Insignia 43-inch for $249.99 or the Toshiba 50-inch for $299.99. While those match the lowest prices they have ever been, only this Insignia 55-inch model is at a price lower than it has ever been through a regular, non-limited, sale.