The Amazon Fire TV Cube is starting to receive a new software update. The update, which carries version number 126.96.36.199 and build number NS6223/1852, appears to be a minor update. I have been unable to find any obvious changes, so this may just contain additional bug fixes. This update does not add the frame rate matching feature that was added to the Fire TV 3 in its most recent update. If you notice any changes or fixes with this update, be sure to mention them in the comments.
Another new software update is currently rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV Cube. This new update comes less than a week after the previous update arrived. While that update brought a few new equipment control options, this latest update is likely just fixing an issue that was either left out of the last update or introduced by the last update. The new update a carries the same 188.8.131.52 version number as the last update, but increases the build number by one digit to NS6222/1537. Scanning through the various UI elements, I was unable to find any differences between the two version, but be sure to comment below if you find that something has been changed or fixed.
A new software update is rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV Cube. The update carries the new version number 184.108.40.206 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. Read more ›
A new software update has started rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV Cube. The software version number of the update is still 220.127.116.11, but the build value has been changed to NS6221/1326. Amazon’s update page says this update contains “general improvements and bug fixes.” That is to be expected since the first batch of updates after a new device is released are usually fixing issues that were missed during Amazon’s internal testing. This is the third Fire TV Cube software update that has been released since it launched. Read more ›
While working on an upcoming article about the Amazon Fire TV Cube, I realized that it does not support any languages other than English. Since it’s currently only available in the US, you probably expect that its advanced Alexa features only understand English, but the entire interface is also locked to English as well. All prior Fire TVs have a language option in their settings menu that let you select from numerous languages, but the Fire TV Cube is missing the language option altogether. If you were thinking of importing the Fire TV Cube to a different country or just prefer using your Fire TV devices with the interface set to a language other than English, know that English is the only language option available on the Fire TV Cube.
I spent some time poking and prodding the Amazon Fire TV Cube today and discovered a few undocumented capabilities that I figured I’d share. None of the things I found are terribly exciting or lead to anything significant at this point, but they may interest those of you who might like to tinker with the underlying Android roots of the Fire TV Cube. Read more ›
Quick reminder for those of you who purchased an Amazon Fire TV Cube but have not yet signed into your new device. If you do so before 11:59 p.m. ET on July 1st, you’ll automatically receive a $10 credit to spend on digital rentals and purchases of movies and TV shows through Amazon. This is part of the introductory promotion that Amazon ran for the Fire TV Cube. Just log into a new Fire TV Cube with your Amazon account by the deadline and you’ll receive an email informing you that the $10 credit has been applied to your Amazon account. The $10 credit itself expires on August 31st, 2018.
A major part of Alexa’s roll on the Amazon Fire TV Cube is the voice assistant’s ability to control home theater equipment and serve as a universal remote. While controlling external devices with Alexa is great, Amazon has also added a lot of new voice navigation capabilities to the Fire TV Cube itself to better utilize Alexa. Here’s an overview of the different ways you can use Alexa to navigate around the Fire TV Cube’s interface. Read more ›
An appstore mixup has been preventing customers from installing MrMC on the Amazon Fire TV Cube. It turns out that when Amazon’s automated system marked MrMC as compatible with the Fire TV Cube, it incorrectly chose the 64-bit version of the app as the one to use for the new device. Since the Fire TV Cube is running a 32-bit operating system, MrMC became incompatible. The mixup has now been resolved and MrMC is available for the Fire TV Cube. One commenter noted that the Fire TV Cube was asking them to purchase MrMC, even though they already bought it previously. That wasn’t the case for me. If that happens to you, try going to the Fire TV Cube’s settings area and select “Sync Amazon Content” from the “My Account” menu on the far right. You could also try clearing the “Appstore” data and cache under the Applications > Manage menu.
I imagine that most people who’ve purchased the Amazon Fire TV Cube are eager to set up their new gadget immediately after it arrives, but if you’ve put yours aside for when you have more time, you’ll probably want to get to it out of the box before July 1st. That’s because everyone who activates a Fire TV Cube before 11:59 p.m. ET on July 1st will automatically receive a $10 Amazon Video credit to spend on rentals and purchases of movies and TV shows. Just log into a new Fire TV Cube with your Amazon account by the deadline and you’ll receive an email informing you of the credit. You can read the terms and conditions of the offer here, but the most important thing to know, other than the activation deadline, is that the $10 credit expires on August 31st, 2018.