In conjunction with the release of the Fire TV Stick, Amazon simultaneously released the devices first update, taking the device from version 126.96.36.199_user_100211520 to version 188.8.131.52_user_101016220. If you’re blocking updates to maximize future rooting possibilities and wanted to know what you’re missing out on, or if you’re just curious what Amazon left out of the release units, then read on for an overview of what the Fire TV Stick’s first update adds.
The Fire TV Stick initial shipped without a Music section. The update adds access to your Amazon stored music in additional to music you’ve added to your library via Prime Music.
Remote App Support
The Fire TV Stick needs this first update in order to work with the new Fire TV Remote smartphone app.
Automatically Play Next Episode
This updaye allows the Fire TV Stick to automatically play the next episode of a TV show when the one you are currently watching ends. As the episode you are watching is about to end, a popup will appear in the lower left corner with the season and episode number of the next episode, as well as a screenshot. The popup also includes a circular countdown indicator letting you know how long before the next episode automatically begins. Pressing select on your remote when the popup is present will begin the next episode immediately.
Better Prime Content Buttons
Much like with the latest Fire TV update, this update also makes it a bit clearer that movies and shows are included with Prime membership. Prime movies which previously displayed a button labeled “Watch Now with Prime” now say “Watch Now Included with Prime”. But it’s with TV shows where this update really helps. Previously, TV shows did not include a “Watch with Prime” button. The only indication that a show was part of Prime was the tiny corner banner on the episode screenshot and text above the episode number. Now TV shows free with Prime have a dedicated “Watch Now Included with Prime” button alongside the pay buttons.
Forced Sleep Option
A “Sleep” option is added in the Settings menu under the System section. Selecting the option causes the Fire TV Stick to immediately enter sleep mode, which it normally enters on its own after 30 minutes of inactivity. The option is actually a bit of a placebo since the only difference between the Fire TV Stick being on and being asleep is no video signal.
The option to allow app installs from unknown sources is added. This does not affect sideloading apps via ADB. You can sideload apps onto the Fire TV Stick with this new setting set to off or on. This setting allows apps running on the Fire TV Stick to install new apps. For example, many file explorers have the ability to install apps. Previously, you would receive an error message when trying to install apps from a file explorer. Now, with this new setting set to “ON”, you will not receive an error and can install apps using other apps.
If you notice any changes that I’ve missed, please be sure to mention them in the comments below.