Amazon has updated the Silk Browser for Fire TV devices to support 4K video playback on YouTube. The new update, carrying version number 188.8.131.5240.85.30, is starting to roll, but the new version appears to only be rolling out to select devices, as it’s not yet available to all Fire TV models. Read more ›
Amazon’s Silk Browser for Fire TV has just been updated to version 67.5.x and with it comes the ability to cast YouTube videos directly to the browser. With the Silk Browser installed on any Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Edition television, Google’s official YouTube app for Android and iOS devices will now see the Fire TV as a valid casting destination. You don’t need to have the Silk Browser open or even have the Fire TV awake for the new YouTube casting feature to work. Read more ›
A new update to the Silk Browser for Fire TV devices has greatly improved streaming video playback on older Fire TV hardware. The first generation Fire TV Stick, in particular, had a hard time playing online videos for long periods of time in the Silk Browser. Version 64 of the Silk Browser is much more stable than previous versions, resulting in smoother playback that no longer crashes the browser after prolonged viewing sessions. Read more ›
Amazon has added the new Silk Browser as an option for voice searches through Alexa on Fire TV devices. When you use Alexa to perform any kind of voice search, you can now scroll to the bottom and pass that search query directly to the Silk Browser. If the query is a website address, the URL will be automatically loaded in the browser, otherwise, a web search will be performed instead. Read more ›
In conjunction with the release of the Firefox Browser for all Fire TV models, Amazon has made their Silk Browser compatible with the new Fire TV 3. When the browser was first released at the end of last month, it was not compatible with Fire OS 6 on the Fire TV 3. Now the app is available on all Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions. In addition to being available on all Fire TV models, the Silk Browser is now also available globally in all countries where the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick is sold.
I forgot to mention that the Silk Browser is also now available on the 1st Gen Fire TV Stick, which it wasn’t prior to today.
It has been apparent that Amazon has been working on a version of their Silk web browser for their line of Fire TV devices ever since it was discovered that their tablet Silk browser contained a tutorial for the Fire TV voice remote. A new leak from Amazon has all but confirmed that the Silk browser is coming to the Fire TV. For a short time last night, if you performed a voice search on the Fire TV, you were presented with a new option to pass that search query to the Silk browser, which has not yet been released. Read more ›
Amazon is working on bringing their Silk web browser to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. If you simply sideload the Silk browser, it’s not useable due to missing components that will likely arrive in a future Fire TV software update. I’ve created a simple Opener app for the Fire TV that takes a URL you enter and opens it in the Silk browser. While this solution is not as good as the fully functional Silk browser, which is expected to support voice input, it does allow you to use the Silk browser today on the Fire TV, before it’s officially released. Read more ›
It looks like Amazon’s Silk web browser, which comes installed on their line of Fire tablets, will be coming to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. If you sideload the tablet version of Amazon’s Silk browser onto the Fire TV, you don’t simply get a touch-based app that requires a mouse to use, like you get if you sideload Chrome or Firefox. Instead, you’re presented with a tutorial, made specifically for the Fire TV, instructing you on how to use the Fire TV’s Alexa voice remote to search and navigate the web.
Digging into the source of the Silk browser app, it’s clear that Amazon has recently begun adding support for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. There’s a very unique solution built-in for the task of selecting webpage links on a device without a mouse or touchscreen, as well as support for embedded webpage videos that allows you to control video playback using the media buttons on the Fire TV remote. Feedback options specific to the Fire TV indicate the browser is already being tested internally by Amazon employees. Read more ›