One of the standout features of the Amazon Fire TV Cube is its ability to act as a universal remote by letting you control your home theater equipment using your voice. Much of that relies on the Fire TV Cube’s ability to change your TV’s input. The new 188.8.131.52 software update that is currently rolling out to Fire TV Cubes has expanded the device’s input changing capabilities to include TVs that cannot directly switch to a specific input, such as those that use an on-screen menu for input switching. Read more ›
The new 184.108.40.206 software update rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV Cube has added a pair of new advanced audio options that allow customers to configure volume levels to their taste. A “Volume Leveler” option will keep volume levels consistent across content and apps, while a “Dialogue Enhancer” option will boost vocals to make it easier to understand dialogue. Read more ›
The Amazon Fire TV Cube is currently receiving a new software update. The updated carries version number 220.127.116.11 and a build value of NS6224/1260. According to the update message (seen above) that appears after the update installs, this update adds the ability to disable automatic volume leveling, as well as a new way for the Fire TV Cube’s universal remote capabilities to scroll through inputs on televisions that don’t support direct input switching. Read more ›
A new software update for the Amazon Fire TV 3 (pendant) has been rolling out over the past week that restores voice dictation for the on-screen keyboard. The update prior to this latest one accidentally disabled dictation for the keyboard. This latest update carries the same version number of 18.104.22.168 as the previous update, but increases the build value to NS6253/1438. Older Fire TV models received a similar update that restored dictation capabilities earlier last month. With this update to the Fire TV 3, all Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions now once again have the ability to use the microphone to input text into the on-screen keyboard.
A new software update has just started rolling out to Fire TV devices that restores the ability to use the voice remote to dictate what you would like typed into the on-screen keyboard. With the previous update that revamped the Alexa interface on older Fire TV devices, Amazon inadvertently broke voice dictation for the keyboard, but now they’ve made good on their promise to restore the functionality as soon as possible, by doing so in record time. Read more ›
The Amazon Fire TV Cube is starting to receive a new software update. The update, which carries version number 22.214.171.124 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.
A new software update has just started rolling out to older Amazon Fire TV devices. The new 126.96.36.199 version of Fire OS, with a build value of 617513020, is making its way out to the Fire TV 1, Fire TV 2, Fire TV Stick 1, Fire TV Stick 2, and 1st generation Fire TV Edition televisions from Element and Westinghouse. Basically, that’s all Fire TV devices released over a year ago. This update adds the newer Alexa interface, which was first introduced with the Fire TV Cube, to older models. With this update, all Fire TV devices ever released will once again be using the same Alexa interface. Read more ›
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Amazon has updated the Silk Browser for Fire TV devices to support 4K video playback on YouTube. The new update, carrying version number 184.108.40.20640.85.30, 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 ›
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The Toshiba Fire TV Edition televisions are receiving a new 220.127.116.11 (build 738566532) software update that adds a highly requested new option to the settings menu. With this update, you can now configure the TV to remain on the input that was last used when it is powered on. By default, the TV will always display the Fire TV home screen when it is powered on, regardless of the state that it was in when it was powered off. To change this behavior, you can now go to Settings > Display & Sounds > Power On and change the setting to Last Input to prevent the TV from loading the home screen every time. It is unknown if the older Element Fire TV Edition televisions will also be receiving this option in a future update.
A new software update, version 18.104.22.168, has started rolling out to the Amazon Fire TV 3 (Pendant) that adds a new feature that home theater enthusiasts have been wanting for years. As you can see from the update note above, and pointed out to me by German tech writer Carsten Knobloch, the Fire TV now has the ability to automatically match the output video frame rate to match that of the video content being played. This results in the best viewing experience by eliminating motion artifacts caused by displaying video at mismatched frame rates. Read more ›