A new software update is rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV Cube. The update carries the new version number 18.104.22.168 and build number NS6222/1536. This software update includes bug fixes, but also includes additional advanced equipment control options that let you decide what is done when you ask Alexa to turn on the TV.
With this update, Amazon has added a new option in the advanced equipment control settings called “Power On Input.” The new option is found under Settings > Equipment Control > Manage Equipment > Advanced Settings. This option allows you to select if the Fire TV Cube changes the input of your TV when you ask for the TV to be turned on.
By default, the Fire TV Cube will always switch the TV to the input that the Fire TV Cube is on when you say “Alexa, turn on the TV.” If you change the new “Power On Input” setting to be “TV Default” instead of “Fire TV Cube,” then saying “Alexa, turn on the TV” will turn on your equipment but will not change the currently selected input.
This, essentially, changes the “turn on TV” voice command to be more literal. While most people probably want to use their Fire TV Cube when they ask the Cube to turn the TV on, those who don’t can now set it so the “turn on TV” voice command only controls the power state, without switching inputs. Saying “Alexa, go home” will, at any point, cause the Fire TV Cube to switch inputs to the Cube and display the home screen. Additionally, saying “Alexa, turn off the TV” will no pause the video, if one is playing, and return to the Fire TV Home screen.
Amazon’s Fire TV Software Update Page also mentions the AV Receiver power control options under the list of features for this update, however, that option was already present in the previous software version. This option allows you to select whether you want the Fire TV Cube to also turn on/off your AV Receiver or Soundbar when you ask for the TV to be turned on or off. Amazon might be pointing out this already present option because its behavior has been improved.
Another new addition with this latest Fire TV Cube software update is a new option for Alexa Hints in the screensaver settings. This option, which is on by default, will suggest things you can try doing with Alexa by displaying text in the lower left corner of your screen when the screensaver is active.
Update>It seems as though the Screensaver update was pushed independently from this system update, so the Alexa Hints option may be present on software versions prior to this 22.214.171.124 update.
The last change that I’ve noticed with this new software update is that Amazon has renamed the “Device” settings menu to now be called “My Fire TV.” Only the name has been changed, as all the options within this menu item are still the same. If you notice any additional changes or fixes, please be sure to let everyone know about them in the comments below