The two new upcoming Fire TV models are codenamed “Needle” and “Stark”

I’ve started digging into the code of the new 5.6.2.0 Fire TV software update, as I always do with new updates, and I’ve found references to the two new Fire TV models that are expected to be released later this year. The new mid-tier Fire TV, which uses a dongle form factor is codenamed “Needle,” and the new flagship Fire TV, which incorporates the functionality of an Echo Dot, is codenamed “Stark.” Read more ›

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Amazon removes the Fire TV box from the “Fire TV Family”

Amazon has dropped the 2nd-gen Fire TV box from the “Fire TV Family” banner that appears at the top of product pages for Fire TV devices. The Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Edition television remain, but replacing the Fire TV + HD Antenna bundle is a new bundle for the Fire TV Edition television with an HD antenna. The Fire TV Family page also no longer lists the Fire TV box in the main list of products, but it does still include the Certified Refurbished Fire TV near the bottom. Read more ›

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Newly discovered “AFTA” device is very likely the Amazon Fire TV 3

An Amazon Fire TV app developer has posted on Amazon’s developer forum seeking answers about a pair of unreleased Fire TV models that appeared in their app’s access logs. The first new device identified itself as an “AFTN” device, which, thanks to a leaked benchmark I discovered earlier this year, we already know is a new mid-tier Fire TV model that Amazon is working on. The second new mystery Fire TV model identified itself as an “AFTA” device. This is the first time this model has ever surfaced and it is very likely the successor to the current 2nd-generation Fire TV. Read more ›

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