Small software update rolling out to some Amazon Fire TV devices

A new software update is currently rolling out to some Amazon Fire TV devices. The update carries the same 5.2.6.0 version number as the previous software version, but the build number has increased from 587444320 to 587444820. I’ve only heard of the 1st-gen Fire TV box receiving this update, but I do not know if other devices will also receive it. Read more ›

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Fire TV software update adds Keyboard Input via Voice within apps, Screen Magnifier, Live NFL, and more

A new software update for all Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition television models is starting to roll out to devices. The update carries version number 5.2.6.0 (587444320) and once again unifies all devices in the Fire TV line back onto the same software. The update adds several new features with the most notable one being the option to finally be able to speak into the voice remote’s microphone for text input within apps, instead of using the onscreen keyboard. Other additions include a new screen magnifier, support for Amazon’s upcoming live Thursday Night Football NFL games, and more.

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New minor software updates rolling out to Amazon Fire TV Stick 2 and Fire TV Edition televisions

Amazon has released a couple new minor software updates to Fire TV devices. It seems as though these updates are only rolling out to the 2nd-generation Fire TV Stick and the Fire TV Edition televisions. The Fire TV Stick 2 appears to be receiving version 5.2.4.2 (Build 574263320). This is the same version number that is already on the device, but with a slightly different build number which ends in 3320 instead of 3220. The Fire TV Edition televisions are receiving an update to version 5.2.5.1 (Build 577225520). Again, this is the same version number that is already on those devices, but with a different build number that now ends in 5520 instead of 4220. Read more ›

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SPMC version 16.7.1 released with movie scraper fixes

A new version of SPMC has just been released. The 16.7.1 update contains the latest version of the TMDb movie and TV show scraper which includes new API keys that restore its ability to properly pull in movie information from The Movie Database. The easiest way to install this new version or update an existing installation on an Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, or Fire TV Edition television is to use my Downloader app and enter bit.ly/spmc1671 into the URL field. My detailed guide for sideloading can be found here if needed.

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New Pre-rooted ROM released for Fire TV 2 with fix for Hulu and HBO apps

Changes with the DRM used in the latest Hulu and HBO apps have made them incompatible with the last pre-rooted ROM released by Rbox for the Fire TV 2. Thankfully it looks like Rbox has figured out why the apps are incompatible and has released a new version of the 5.2.4.2 pre-rooted ROM with a fix. Fire TV 2 owners with rooted devices can download the new ROM, labeled 5.2.4.2_r2, from the usual place and install it using TWRP. Huge thanks go to James “Tekno4ever” for stepping up and helping Rbox test the fix, which could have potentially bricked his device. That thankfully didn’t happen and James says the new ROM has fixed the playback issues. And of course, an even bigger thanks to Rbox for figuring out and releasing a fix so quickly. Be sure to send him a few bucks if you have the means.

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MrMC adds Trakt.tv integration to backup, restore, and sync watched status across multiple devices

The MrMC app has just been updated to version 3.0.9 and with it comes a great new feature for those of you with multiple Amazon Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks or those of you who frequently factory reset your device. The app now supports linking up with Trakt.tv to keep track of what you’ve watched in a centralized place. This lets you back up and/or restore your watched history when necessary, or set it to happen automatically whenever you scan your library for new content. Read more ›

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New 5.2.4.2 software update rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV Stick 2

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 5.2.4.2 (574263220). That’s one digit different from the 5.2.4.2 (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 5.2.4.1 software, the Fire TV 2 and Fire TV Stick 2 each have a unique version of the 5.2.4.2 software, and the Fire TV Edition televisions are running 5.2.5.1 software. Read more ›

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Alexa devices will soon be able to control playback and launch apps on the Amazon Fire TV

Amazon has just updated their Fire TV Software Updates page with a new feature listing that states compatible Alexa devices can now control video playback on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Additionally, you’ll be able to use compatible Alexa devices to launch Fire TV apps. The feature is not yet functional, but it should be available soon. Read more ›

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New software updates rolling out to all Amazon Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks

New software updates have been rolling out to all Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models over the last few days. These seem like security and bug fixes, since only the build number has changed since the last update and not the version number. For whatever reason, the Fire TV 2’s software version has branched off from the rest of the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices. More so, the Fire TV Edition televisions also have their own software version, so there are now 3 different versions of Fire OS that are the latest, depending on which device you own. Read more ›

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Alexa on the Amazon Fire TV to receive a complete visual overhaul

Amazon just announced the availability of Alexa Display Cards for third-party manufacturers to incorporate into Alexa-enabled devices that have screens. These are the supplemental visual representations of Alexa responses that first appeared when Amazon added Alexa capabilities to the original Fire TV. Similar Alexa cards were later used on Fire tablets when they gained Alexa capabilities, but now that the the all-new Echo Show is a few days from release, Amazon has given visual Alexa responses a lot more attention and completely overhauled their layout. Part of the new Alexa card display guidelines is a large section dedicated to Alexa’s TV interface, which is very likely going to make its way to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick in a future update. Read more ›

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