Amazon is currently working on the next generation of televisions running their Fire TV operating system. The first Fire TV Edition televisions, made by Element and Westinghouse, were announced nearly a year ago at CES 2017 and began shipping to customers around the middle of this year. With CES 2018 just around the corner, it looks like we might see a new set of TVs running Amazon’s Fire OS.
In the code of the latest Fire TV software update, I found a large list of Amazon’s numerous device codenames. The three existing Fire TV’s, Bueller, Sloane, and Needle, were listed, as well as the two existing Fire TV Sticks, Montoya and Tank. Also among the list was Margo, the existing Fire TV Edition television, and Stark, the yet to be released new Fire TV with far-field Alexa capabilities. Out of all the Fire TV, Fire tablet, and Echo device codenames listed, Keira was the only one I didn’t recognize.
Looking around further I found a portion of the code that combined the various device codenames together under conveniently labeled groups. Listed right under Margo, the first generation Fire TV edition television, is Keira in its own “AmazonStandaloneFireTelevisionsGen2” group.
That’s very compelling evidence that software for a new round of Fire TV Edition televisions is currently being worked on by Amazon. With CES 2018 only a few weeks away, I wouldn’t be surprised if the new TVs are announced at the show, just like the first ones were.
I wasn’t able to find any more information about the new TVs or what kind of specs to expect. With Amazon Video becoming the first service to stream HDR10+ content this week, I hope and expect at least one of the new TVs to be capable of playing HDR video.