Since the new Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote bundle includes a new wifi based voice remote, it’s no surprise to learn that the device ships with Fire OS 5 pre-installed, since Fire OS 5 is required to work with wifi based remotes and controllers. What is surprising is that mine arrived with the latest software update, version 18.104.22.168, already installed. I’m positive it didn’t update during the initial setup, especially since it alerted me that a remote software update was being installed prior to connecting the Fire TV Stick to my network. This remote update was added with the 5.0.3.x software update to fix disconnection issues and responsiveness. I was told by my contacts at Amazon, prior to the buggy Fire OS 5 debacle, that this new Fire TV Stick bundle would arrive with software version 5.0.0 and have a day-one software update. Looks like Amazon isn’t taking any chances this time with a buggy launch and opted to update all these new Fire TV Sticks prior to shipping them out. That would explain the shipping delay from their original shipping date of October 22nd. My Fire TV Stick arrived with an OS installation date of October 30th.
Shockingly, this Fire TV Stick also arrived with ADB debugging already enabled. I assume that’s an oversight caused by Amazon updating the software on these Fire TV Sticks after they’ve already left the factory. Now that I have a Fire TV Stick running Fire OS 5 that is nearly identical to my existing Fire TV Sticks running Fire OS 3, I’ll be able to really compare the two operating systems. Look for a complete overview of what Fire OS 5 brings to these 1st-gen devices, as well as benchmark comparisons and more. Let me know in the comments what you’d like to know about Fire OS 5 on the Fire TV Stick. Also, if you ordered a new Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote bundle, I’d love to know if yours also arrived with ADB debugging enabled.