The two new upcoming Fire TV models are codenamed “Needle” and “Stark”

I’ve started digging into the code of the new 5.6.2.0 Fire TV software update, as I always do with new updates, and I’ve found references to the two new Fire TV models that are expected to be released later this year. The new mid-tier Fire TV, which uses a dongle form factor is codenamed “Needle,” and the new flagship Fire TV, which incorporates the functionality of an Echo Dot, is codenamed “Stark.”

If there was ever any doubt that the unreleased “AFTN” device, which first surfaced in a leaked benchmark, or the unreleased “AFTA” device, which first surfaced in a developer’s server logs, were new Fire TV models, here’s your proof. Both devices are plainly listed in the code of the latest Fire TV software update as members of the Fire TV Device Family.

Amazon gives all of their devices codenames and they usually follow a specific theme. For Fire TV devices, that theme has always been movies and TV shows. It appears as though the new Fire TV models are named after the TV show Game of Thrones, with “Stark” being the family name of the show’s protagonists and “Needle” being the name of the thin sword wielded by the character Arya Stark.

As a quick refresher, “Bueller” and “Sloane” are the codenames for the first and second generation Fire TV boxes. Those are both referenced to the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. “Montoya” and “Tank” are the codenames for the first and second generation Fire TV Sticks, with the former being a reference to the movie The Princess Bride and the latter being a reference to The Matrix. Lastly, “Margo” is the codename for Amazon’s Fire TV Edition televisions.

Before you start thinking that there is a third new Fire TV model in the works called “Knight,” that is apparently the codename of the Amazon Echo Show. The build name “AEOKN” that corresponds with the codename “Knight” is the same build name from the Echo Show’s leaked benchmark. The “Knight” device is also not listed as a member of the Fire TV Device Family.

This particular section of code, which was not present in prior Fire TV software versions, appears to be for the Fire TV’s upcoming ability to display live security camera feeds. Since the Echo Show can also display live security camera feeds, it likely shares this code with the Fire TV, which is why the Echo Show is referenced here.

The inclusion of a generic “Tablets” device in this code is a good indication that Alexa on Amazon’s Fire tablets will also be able to display camera feeds in the future. I don’t believe Amazon has said that their tablets will also be able to view camera feeds. This could be an announcement that they’re saving for the release of their next new tablet, which just passed through FCC approval earlier this week and is likely a successor to their current flagship Fire HD 10 tablet.

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13 comments
  1. Edgar R. says:

    Is amazon having like a “keynote” anytime soon?

  2. hdmkv says:

    When do you expect the new FireTV devices to be announced by Amazon? October? Maybe your leaks will elicit it sooner.

  3. ian says:

    Did you capture the code and send to rbox?

  4. Charlie says:

    Oh, I thought the update had already begun to roll out.

  5. RocketDog says:

    Do you have any hints about the new box supporting Dts-hd 7.1? Also I never did hear about the fix for 24p on kodi/Netflix for the current gen

  6. jbugs says:

    Any news whether the new fire tv box will be made available in india.

  7. Mike Davis says:

    Thank you for your hard work! Do you have any idea if Amazon is going to continuing making the 2nd Gen FireTV Box? Also, any idea if they will be shipping these again soon?

    • AFTVnews says:

      Sorry, but I don’t know the answer to these questions. My guess is the 2nd gen box will come back into regular stock and they’ll continue to sell them for at least a few more months. That’s because the Needle device is probably coming out a couple months before the Stark device, and it doesn’t seem like a replacement to the 2nd gen box so they’ll probably keep the 2nd gen box around until at least Stark is released.

  8. Tyler says:

    When are we getting fire OS 7.1.2?

  9. AFTV Fan says:

    I see what Amazon is trying to do and that’s to converge the sticks and boxes. Eventually the sticks will be as powerful as the boxes. The sticks are getting bigger and more powerful while the boxes are getting smaller.

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