I’ve started digging into the code of the new 126.96.36.199 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.