Exclusive: Amazon is working on 2nd Gen Fire TV Edition televisions

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.

ShareTweetShare+1

15 comments
  1. Dave says:

    They need to get the successor to the Fire TV2 out.

  2. john hubbard says:

    Would be great if they could use Samsung or Vizio TVs cuz the element and Westinghouse not good TVs they just look nice

  3. Fred_EM says:

    .
    Amazon needs have a new Fire TV box.
    .
    One without silly and odd compromises.
    One with a frigging Ethernet port.
    .

    • Tony Ramirez says:

      frigging gigabit Ethernet port

      • Other Dave says:

        You people have such realistic expectations. Why would it have gigabit ethernet when it’s designed to stream movies at around 50 Mb/s? No one is going to give you a nice gaming computer for $70. It sounds like you guys should just plug a laptop into your TVs and be done with it.

        • Tony Ramirez says:

          Hello it helps for those who stream local content. I guess you are the same person who says there is no difference between 720p, 1080p and 4K.

          • Other Dave says:

            I can stream 4K over my home WiFi network to my Fire TV just fine. If you can’t stream 4K video over 100 Mb/s ethernet, something is wrong with your LAN.

          • AFTVnews says:

            I’m going to have to agree with Dave on this one. Sure gigabit ethernet would be nice to have and yes there are some cases where it’s useful on the Fire TV, but it’s way overkill for what the device is designed to do. When they’re making a mass market device like the Fire TV, it doesn’t make sense to increase the cost of a component that such a miniscule portion of their userbase would benefit from. Even if it costs just a few pennies to add gigabit ethernet, those pennies would be much better off used to increase internal storage, bring back optical audio, increase RAM, or any number of other upgrades before gigabit ethernet.

        • Jim says:

          Amazon did it in 2015.

  4. dennis says:

    is the Amazon Fire TV coming to canada?

  5. dennis says:

    is the Fire TV coming to canada

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Get notified of new posts

Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.