Amazon was originally planning to release Fire OS 5 with the Alexa voice assistant to existing 1st-gen Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks in October, but those plans were postponed while they worked on stabalizing the 2nd-gen Fire TV. Now that Amazon has fixed the majority of the issues with Fire OS 5 on the 2nd-Gen Fire TV, work is continuing on the upcoming Fire OS 5 software update for 1st-gen devices. A couple days after the latest 2nd-gen Fire TV software update began rolling out, Amazon posted a new source code file for the Fire TV Stick with version number 5.0.3. Now Amazon has added yet another Fire TV Stick source code file with a software version of 18.104.22.168, indicating progress is being made.
The new Fire TV Stick with voice remote bundle is scheduled to ship on November 13th. These Fire TV Sticks will be arriving with Fire OS 5 from the factory, since they need to support their included wifi-based voice remote, so it’s important for Amazon to have a stable version of Fire OS 5 for the Fire TV Stick ready this month to avoid the same backlash they received from the 2nd-gen Fire TV’s initial instability. It’s reasonable to assume that existing non-voice Fire TV Stick owners will also be receiving this Fire OS 5 update around the same time since existing Fire TV Sticks are identical to the ones shipping in the new voice bundle. There hasn’t been any Fire OS 5 source code files posted for the 1st-gen Fire TV yet, but I’m sure we’ll see those devices updated later this month as well.