Amazon Fire TVs can now automatically connect to Wi-Fi without you needing to enter your Wi-Fi password

The new 5.2.6.9 software update for older Fire TVs and 6.2.6.0 software update for newer Fire TVs has added support for Amazon Wi-Fi simple setup. The feature is part of Amazon’s “Frustration-Free Setup” program that debuted with the Amazon Smart Plug and has since been added to newer Amazon Echo devices. Its goal is to get a new Amazon device up and running with as little customer input as possible. Wi-Fi simple setup on Fire TVs means the next Fire TV you purchase can automatically connect to your Wi-Fi network without you needing to enter a password, that is, if you opt into the feature ahead of time. Read more ›

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New color format option on Amazon Fire TVs will automatically select whether RGB or YCbCr is best for your TV

The new 6.2.6.0 software update that is rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV 3 (pendant) is adding a new third “Auto” option to the existing Color Format setting, which previously only allowed customers to select from “RGB” or “YCbCr.” When set to Auto, which is the new default configuration, the Fire TV may decide to switch its color format setting if one is better than the other for your particular TV model. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV 3 are receiving software update 6.2.6.0

A new software update is currently rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, and the Fire TV 3 (pendant). This update carries version number 6.2.6.0 and a build value of NS6260/1840. This updated is essentially the Fire OS 6 version of the 5.2.6.9 software update that has been rolling out to Fire OS 5 devices, which are the Fire TV 1, Fire TV 2, Fire TV Stick 1, and Fire TV Stick 2. I’m told these updates are not rolling out to any Fire TV Edition televisions at this time. Like the 5.2.6.9 update for older models, this 6.2.6.0 update for newer models removes the ability to move apps on the home screen / app grid screen and replaces it with a new pinning option. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Cube to support Multi-Room Music and Alexa Follow-Up Mode

Amazon is on an Alexa improvement kick with the Amazon Fire TV Cube that has been bringing formerly Echo-exclusive features to the streaming device. The Fire TV Cube gained support for Alexa Announcements earlier this month and now Amazon has announced that the next update will add support for multi-room music and Alexa follow-up mode. Multi-room music support will make it possible to sync music playback on the Fire TV Cube with all other whole-home audio capable Alexa devices, such as the Amazon Echo speaker line up. Follow-up mode allows the Fire TV Cube to continue listening after responding to a voice command so that customers don’t need to repeat the wake word before follow-up requests. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Cube can now send and receive Alexa Announcements and adjust TV volume by specific increments

A new 6.2.5.7 software update is rolling out to all Amazon Fire TV Cubes. The update adds a pair of very handy new capabilities. The first is support for Alexa Announcements, which allow customers to both send and receive voice messages on their Fire TV Cube that get broadcasted across all Echos, Fire TV Cubes, and compatible 3rd-party Alexa devices in your home. The second new feature allows customers to increase or decrease the volume of their TV, soundbar, or AV receiver in increments of up to 25 units with a single voice command. Read more ›

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Fire TV Cube and Fire TV 3 (Pendant) receiving new Software Update

The Amazon Fire TV Cube and Fire TV 3 (pendant) are currently receiving a new software update. The update carries the same 6.2.5.5 version number as the previous update, but has a new build number of 1628. Amazon has not yet updated their Fire TV Software Page to include this new version, but, since the version number hasn’t changed, it likely only contains bug fixes. Given the proximity of this release to the release of the Fire TV Recast, it’s probably safe to assume that this update makes improvements to the new DVR menu in Fire OS. I haven’t noticed any obvious changes myself, but if you do, please mention them in the comments below.

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Amazon Fire TV Cube and Fire TV 3 have been Rooted

A group that goes by the name Exploitee.rs is claiming to have rooted the Amazon Fire TV Cube and Amazon Fire TV 3 (pendant). The exploit, colorfully named FireFU, has not yet been verified to work by anyone outside of the group, but their explanation of the exploit and their instructions are quite thorough, so there isn’t any reason to believe that their claims aren’t genuine. Unfortunately, the rooting method they’ve come up with is unlikely to be performed by many people because it relies on using a microcontroller, such as an Arduino or Teensy board, to force the Fire TV Cube or Fire TV 3 to enter a firmware upgrade mode by communicating over their HDMI connection. Read more ›

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Two new television power control options added to the Amazon Fire TV Cube

The new 6.2.5.5 software update is turning out to be a fairly significant one for the Amazon Fire TV Cube. It has added voice-navigation within apps like Netflix, support for the Fire TV Recast, and support for Frame Rate Matching. In addition to those changes, there are a pair of new equipment control options that change the way the Fire TV Cube behaves when turning your TV on or off. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Cube gains support for Frame Rate Matching and updated Surround Sound options

The Amazon Fire TV Cube is currently receiving a new 6.2.5.5 software update. While the update message that appears after the new software is installed is highlighting the new ability to use your voice to navigate hands-free within select 3rd-party apps, another feature this update adds is the ability for the Fire TV Cube to change the refresh rate of your TV to match the frame rate of the video you’re watching. This feature first arrived on the Fire TV 3 (pendant) and will be available on the new Fire TV Stick 4K, but now it has also arrived on the Fire TV Cube. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Cube and Fire TV 3 receive new 6.2.5.5 Software Update

The Amazon Fire TV Cube and the Amazon Fire TV 3 (pendant) are starting to receive a new 6.2.5.5 software update. For the Fire TV 3, this update is fairly minor because that device has been running a software version that is considerably newer than other Fire TV models for some time. For the Fire TV Cube, this update adds new display options, equipment control settings, and more. Read more ›

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