Developer is0-mick has created a working proof of concept which uses the Fire TV’s voice capabilities to perform a voice search within Kodi. The mod requires a rooted Fire TV to work and is not inteded to be used in practice at its current development stage. That’s because, among other reasons, the mod completely disables the Fire TV’s default home interface, and relies on kodi being used as the only front-end app. It does this because it needs to replace the Fire TV’s default launcher with a dummy app of the same name in order to intercept the voice search results. We’re likely not going to see a mod which simply adds voice search capabilities into Kodi, while maintaining all other Fire TV functionality, anytime soon, but this mod is a fantastic first step to a feature request that Fire TV owners have been requesting since the device first launched.
Despite numerous enhancements through various software updates, the Fire TV’s voice capabilities are still limited to the default home interface. Fire TV owners have long yearned for the ability to use voice dictation within third-party apps in place of the onscreen keyboard. The Apple TV, in comparison, will be gaining voice dictation, which can be used for any text field including passwords, in its upcoming 9.2 software update. With any luck, this proof of concept, combined with the Apple TV beating them to the punch, will encourage Amazon to add universal voice dictation to the Fire TV.