A new Fire TV and Fire TV Stick software update, which makes it easier to get to both your sideloaded and official apps, will begin rolling out to both first and second generation devices soon. The new software update carries version number 126.96.36.199 and will finally allow sideloaded apps to appear in the “Recent” section of the Fire TV’s home screen. The update also adds two new ways to get to your Fire TV’s “App” section. You will now be able to double-press the Home button, on your Fire TV remote or game controller, to jump directly into your app library. Additionally, there is now a new “My Apps” shortcut in the popup that appears when you hold down the Home button.
It’s unknown at this point if the new 188.8.131.52 software update blocks rooting, so if your device is rooted and you don’t want to lose root, be sure you have updates blocked. If you’re a diehard fan of FireStarter’s home button double-press detection, this update may cause issues with that functionality. I’ll be sure to post about this new version’s rootability and compatibility with FireStarter as soon as I receive the update and test things out.
As always, the new software update will be rolling out slowly and there is no way to manually install or force the update. Be sure to let us know in the comments when you receive the update and especially if you notice any other changes it makes.
If Kodi or other sideloaded apps aren’t showing up on your Home screen, follow this guide.