Whenever an Amazon device goes on sale, someone inevitably says that Amazon is clearing out old stock to make room for a new model that must be right around the corner. Since the Amazon Fire TV Stick is currently on sale for $29.99 and this is the 5th sale for the device this year, which is unusually high, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about a possible Fire TV Stick 3. Here’s a rundown of what we know about the Fire TV Stick 3, when to expect it, and a whole bunch of speculation. Read more ›
A new software update started rolling out earlier this month to the 1st generation Fire TV Stick. The update maintains the previous version number of 188.8.131.52 but comes with a new build number of 587700820. No other devices have received this newsoftware version and it doesn’t seem like they will. It’s unusual for an update to roll out to a single older device and it’s unknown what this update changes. If I were to guess the purpose of the update, I’d say that it has something to do with optimizing video playback since the software update was released right around the time that the Silk Browser received a major update that focused on improving video playback on the 1st generation Fire TV Stick. If you’ve noticed any specific changes with this update, let everyone know in the comments.
A new software update is starting to roll out to nearly all Fire TV models. The new update is marked as version 184.108.40.206 with a build value of 587600920. While Amazon has not yet edited their Fire TV Software Update page to include this latest update, they have added the new update to their Fire TV Source Code Notice page. That page indicates that this update is rolling out to the Fire TV 1, Fire TV 2, Fire TV Stick 1, Fire TV Stick 2, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The page has never been updated to include the Fire TV 3, so it’s unknown if those devices are also being updated. Read more ›
Amazon released the Fire TV Stick Basic Edition a couple of days ago, making Fire TV hardware available in over 100 new countries for the first time. The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition takes the existing 2nd generation Fire TV Stick but replaces the Alexa voice remote with the non-voice remote that was included with the original 1st generation Fire TV Stick. Even though the Basic Edition package includes a cheaper remote and fewer features, at $49.99, it’s $10 more expensive than the $39.99 regular Fire TV Stick that comes with An Alexa voice remote. That shows us just how much Amazon subsidizes the regular Fire TV Stick and here’s why. Read more ›
A little-known feature of the 2nd-generation Amazon Fire TV Stick, which Amazon has never advertised, is that it supports USB OTG by default. This allows you to connect much more than a power cord to the device’s micro USB port, like wired keyboards, mice, hubs, and external storage, but by far the most common use is to connect an Ethernet adapter in order to get a fast and stable internet connection to the Fire TV Stick. If all you want to do is connect the Fire TV Stick to Ethernet, this all-in-one Ethernet adapter by UGREEN is by far the easiest way to go. Read more ›
A new software version has started rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV Stick 2. It seems it’s only being deployed to that specific device. The new update carries version number 220.127.116.11 (574263220). That’s one digit different from the 18.104.22.168 (574263120) that rolled out to only the Fire TV 2 last month. So now, if you count the Fire TV Edition televisions, there are 4 different latest software versions across Fire TV devices. The 1st-gen Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are on the same 22.214.171.124 software, the Fire TV 2 and Fire TV Stick 2 each have a unique version of the 126.96.36.199 software, and the Fire TV Edition televisions are running 188.8.131.52 software. Read more ›
The Amazon Fire TV Stick has been backordered for several months on Amazon but its supply has now finally stabilized. It’s now listed as in stock and ready for immediate delivery. I speculated that the reason for the long outage was a combination of the UK and German release, resellers depleting supplies, and a possible supply shortage of voice remotes. Whatever the reason or reasons were for the shortage, you can once again order the Fire TV Stick and expect it to arrive quickly. The Fire TV box is listed as in stock tomorrow.
The 2nd-generation Amazon Fire TV Stick has been released today in the UK. Several readers have let me know that their pre-orders have arrived and Alexa is finally working on a Fire TV device in the UK. The 184.108.40.206 software update that is currently rolling out to all devices will be adding Alexa to all existing Fire TV models in the UK and Germany as well. Amazon UK has now officially announced that all 1st-gen devices will be getting the new user interface and all models will be getting Alexa. The Fire TV Stick 2 will be arriving in Germany on April 20th, but existing Fire TV owners in Germany should start receiving the 220.127.116.11 update with Alexa before then, during the next few weeks.
The 2nd generation Fire TV Stick has been available in the US since October of last year, but Amazon has not released it in other regions yet, like the UK and Germany, where they still sell the 1st generation device. I think this is about to change soon, due to an abrupt supply shortage of Fire TV Sticks in the US. Earlier this week, the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick suddenly became backordered in the US. Ordering one today won’t see it arrive for over a month. I suspect this is due to Amazon rerouting all supplies to the UK and Germany in preparation for the device’s imminent international launch. Read more ›
The 1st-generation Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are starting to receive a new software updated, carrying version number 18.104.22.168 and build number 562254320. I’ve received the update and, unfortunately, this update does not bring the new user interface to 1st-gen devices. The new interface is still coming to older devices, but that will happen at a later unknown date. The update with the new interface will likely carry a version number of 22.214.171.124 or greater. I’m told this 126.96.36.199 update’s purpose is to patch various security vulnerabilities within Android. Assuming there aren’t any issues with the update, most devices should receive it by the end of the week. I haven’t noticed any new features or obvious changes with this new software version, but I’ll be doing my usual digging shortly.