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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New inexpensive Fire TV Cube wall mount gives you several positioning options

The company that created several interesting Amazon Echo Dot mounting solutions has released their first Fire TV product and it’s a wall mount for the Amazon Fire TV Cube. The new Fire TV Cube Wall Mount by Dot Genie is a minimalistic mount that still manages to give you 3 different options for positioning the Fire TV Cube. Placed on its front face, the device’s cables route out of the top. This is ideal for mounting the cube below a wall mounted TV, so that the cables are hidden behind the TV. It also allows for easy access to the to the Alexa buttons while keeping the LED light bar visible. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Cube gains hands-free voice navigation in Netflix and other 3rd-party apps

The Amazon Fire TV Cube has plenty of hands-free voice capabilities that allow users to navigate around the main interface without needing to use the remote. Most mainstream 3rd-party apps have added support for Alexa which allows users to search for content and control media playback using only their voice, but when it comes to navigating within apps, you had no choice but to use the remote. That is, until now. Amazon has added support for hands-free voice navigation for several 3rd-party apps so that much more can be achieved with the Fire TV Cube without needing to use the remote. Read more ›

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Existing Amazon Fire TV Cube owners get 50% off the new Alexa Voice Remote

The new Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote announced yesterday, with its added power, volume, and mute buttons, is something that Fire TV customers have been asking for ever since the original Fire TV debuted in 2014. While those who purchase the Amazon Fire TV Cube now will get the new remote included at no extra charge, existing Fire TV Cube customers aren’t entirely out of luck because Amazon is offering all existing Fire TV Cube owners a 50% discount on the new Alexa Voice Remote, bring the price down to just $14.99. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Cube now ships with the new Alexa Voice Remote

Amazon has announced a new Fire TV Stick 4K that comes with an all-new Alexa Voice Remote which includes power, volume, and mute buttons. It’s unfortunate for Amazon Fire TV Cube owners that the new remote wasn’t ready in time for the release of the Fire TV Cube, but, starting today, anyone ordering the Fire TV Cube will receive the new Alexa Voice Remote included for the same price of $119.99. Read more ›

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