With a new device that matches the description of a next generation Fire TV Stick already uncovered through FCC documents, and the existing Fire TV Stick being currently unavailable from Amazon in anyform, there’s no doubt a new Fire TV Stick 2 is on the horizon, but the big question is when will it be released? Well, it’s starting to look more and more evident that an all-new Amazon Fire TV Stick 2 will be announced, and possibly start shipping, next week. More so, it looks like the new Fire TV Stick 2 will also ship with a new voice remote that comes with new features not present on the existing voice remote.
An AFTVnews reader, who ordered a Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote just before it became unavailable to purchase, has informed me of an interesting conversation he had with an Amazon customer service representative. His Fire TV Stick was initially scheduled to be delivered on September 21st, but was then pushed back to the 28th. When the reader inquired about the delivery delay, he was informed that he would instead be receiving a new Fire TV Stick with “some cool new features” and a new voice remote with “some new features and some modifications.” The customer service representative continued to say the new Fire TV Stick would be “worth the wait” and that the buyer would “not be disappointed.”
So assuming the Amazon customer service representative wasn’t just making things up, which sadly isn’t out of the question, it appears an all-new Fire TV Stick 2 with an all-new new voice remote will be announced within the next few days and possibly begin shipping as early as Wednesday, September 28th. If Amazon is swapping out orders of the existing Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote for the a new model, it could indicate the new model will be priced the same as the existing model at $49.99.
As for what new features the new voice remote could have in store, my guess is a headphone jack built into the remote, like the one Amazon added to the Fire TV Game Controller last year. There’s unfortunately still no evidence of a new Fire TV 3 to replace the current 2nd-generation Fire TV, which has also been out of stock for weeks and uses the same voice remote that is aparently being replaced.