The Amazon Fire TV Cube and the Amazon Fire TV 3 (pendant) are starting to receive a new 126.96.36.199 software update. For the Fire TV 3, this update is fairly minor because that device has been running a software version that is considerably newer than other Fire TV models for some time. For the Fire TV Cube, this update adds new display options, equipment control settings, and more.
Both the Fire TV Cube and Fire TV 3 are receiving an update with a version number of 188.8.131.52. The build number for the Fire TV Cube update is 1616, which is slightly newer than the 1612 build version going out to the Fire TV 3. This could mean that an initial 1612 build for the Fire TV Cube, which is currently listed as the latest software version on Amazon’s software updates page, had issues and was re-released.
This update has added the new “Live TV” menu to both devices, which is necessary to support the Fire TV Recast over-the-air tuner and DVR that will be released next month. With this update, now all Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Edition televisions are ready to start using the Fire TV Recast. Also being added with this update is the new Privacy Settings menu that also arrived on older Fire TV models this month. You can read more about the Live TV menu and Privacy Settings menu in my post about the software update that rolled out to older Fire TV models.
This update has also relabeled the surround sound options on both the Fire TV Cube and Fire TV 3, but it seems like the options function the same as they previously did. That’s it as far as obvious changes to the Fire TV 3 brought on by this update, but the Fire TV Cube has received a few more changes. Most notably is the addition of Frame Rate Matching, which the Fire TV 3 already had, and a few new equipment control options. I’ll cover those changes in more detail in separate posts. This update also highlights the addition of new hands-free Alexa navigation commands for 3rd-party apps, which were already working prior to this update.