I’m not positive, but it seems like the 188.8.131.52 software update, that started rolling out to Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks just over a week ago, has been temporarily halted. It’s not uncommon for Amazon to stop distributing a software update if a serious issue is detected with the first round of devices that receive the update, and it seems like that may be the case with this latest software update.
When Amazon stops pushing out a software update due to an issue, they’ll fix the issue and begin pushing out a slightly different version of the software update. When this happens, the update’s version number usually remains the same between version, but the build number changes. This is what happened with the earlier 184.108.40.206 software update, which initially had a build number of 550144920, but was then halted and restarted with a new build number of 550145120, due to a bug that prevented the screensaver from launching.
Amazon just updated their Fire TV software version page last night to now list the new 220.127.116.11 update. However, instead of listing the build number of the update, like they’ve always done in the past, the page instead has the word “[PLACEHOLDER]” where the build number should be. This is the main reason I think the first build of 18.104.22.168 has been halted and a new build will begin rolling out in the near future. Amazon has never omitted the build number on that page, so I think they know a new build number is coming soon, but instead of waiting for the new build of 22.214.171.124 to be finalized, they updated the page with a placeholder.
Of course, I could absolutely be wrong about this, but it does seem like this updating is taking longer than usual to arrive. None of my 5 devices eligible for this update have received it yet, which is unusual for me when the update has been out for over a week. The only issue with the 126.96.36.199 that I’ve come across that might be serious enough to halt the update is an odd incompatibility with older TVs that can only display 1080i/480p.
I’d love to know in the comments below what date exactly did your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick receive the 188.8.131.52 update. It’s actually possible for devices to update to the initial 184.108.40.206 build even after it has been halted. This could happen if a device receives notice of the update during the roll out but doesn’t decide to install it until much later. Despite that, getting a quick senses of when these updates have arrived could give us a better idea of whether or not the update has been halted.
I was starting to wonder, as none of my devices have recieved it.
I have a frozen one nothing blank could that be why?
I have a frozen one nothing blank could that be why?
I have a fire stick with no image on the screen. Like it got bricked.
I received the update on Tuesday evening. No real issues, bar All4 (a UK TV app) crashing mid way during playing a show.
Mine crashes midway using plex and I haven’t got the update yet
That was a problem with all4. The app itself needs re installing.
I never received the update. I guess I can stop checking every day.
I’m guessing I got the update on one of my firesticks around November 28th or 29th.
I also received an update around that time also an have had no problem so far will I have to install the new update as well?
Got mine yesterday after checking everyday. US fire tv 2
Got mine 2 days ago, horrible update because you can no longer pin code just photos it replaces it with having to pin code EVERY app.
No updates on my 3 devices
I received the update just after I bought a firetv stick. UK account BBC IPLAYER app is blocked and marked incompatible. I side loaded it after extracting from my firetv 1 and it works as expected. It doesn’t show on any menu except appstarter so it must be in the banned list!
Is this problem unique to me? Anyone else have the problem?
That’s strange, all of my sideloaded apps from Ireland, Switerland and the US are showing using the Amazon UI with my Fire TV 2.
I’m UK based.
Amazon couldn’t help. But de registering the stick and re registering fixed the iPlayer issue. At least I learned how to pull apps from one fire tv to load on another!
I think Fire TV apps are also in the cloud like the Fire OS apps for tablets, so you can easily download them on your Fire TV again. I’ve done this with apps from my old Fire Stick 1.
Obviously you have to sideload the Android .apk files again if you have another Fire TV or Stick.
Received 220.127.116.11 on only one of 3 fire tv devices so far. 6 December install date
Have 2 Fire TV2’s one has the new update/interface:
This is just my humble opinion:
– if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!!
– update/interface is essentially “exactly the same, only different!
– what has the update accomplished for me – the end user??
I’m wondering if the stick runs better with it. If I understood Elias correctly, it sounded like it will be cleaner & more optimized code.
My Fire TV Gaming Edition got the update, but my regular Fire TV didn’t.
Only 1 of the 3 Fire sticks I have got the update. I was confused why only 1 got the update and my other 2 didn’t get the update.
Because its not you Erick, its me…
no wait, wrong talk, sorry, its not you, its your devices individual serial number in Amazon’s database. Your first Firestick’s number is earlier in the list than your other two.
My newly purchased Fire TV Stick 2 has the new OS, build #565189620. The device was installed shortly after Black Friday. The new OS was installed December 6.
I got the update Dec. 6th. No problems noticed yet. Box is fire TV 2.
Amazon Deutschland customer here, received the update tuesday. I noticed no real change, for better or worse. Just a different layout and design of the interface. But mind you, for some reason, Amazon has assigned me to a fast ring whenever they update software. I always get them virtually the moment they are announced on my Fire TV and Kindle. So I might not be your typical Amazonian :-) (for whatever reason they pick me as a “guinea pig”)
PS: FTV2 that is
I tried 6 times to do the update and each time it said installing, it failed. This is in the newest model of the fire tv. It appeared to install but never would. I pulled power, tried again and it worked. No issues since. No other devices have gotten it yet
Received it on a Firetv 2 on 12/6.
I sure hope they give owners of the new fire stick the option to calibrate the screen. It would be simple to roll it in to this update. I posted last week and got an answer that you van calibrate inside kodi, and it worked nicely. However, this applies to only content that you are viewing on the kodi app and not the Amazon side. Guess I’ll just keep my fingers crossed and hope they pull their heads out of their arses.
I got my Firestick Dec 2015. Not sure what my numbers are. But it’s working just fine
I have one that was shipped with 18.104.22.168, while the existing one I have is still on 22.214.171.124 and not changing despite a refreshed update check. Two different interfaces, but I like the new one. Waiting…
I got my update wed. After update had problem pairing remote , took ten minuets to pair, then Thursday morning turned it on had to pair again took just as long to pair . I also see small popup on right corner , I restart and popup gone, any ideas.
update screwed up subtitles. they start in sync but after a while they become unbearably out of sync.
I have two firesticks in two different tvs. One updated to 126.96.36.199 on 12/7, but the other is still at 188.8.131.52. I can’t get it to update even with a manual system update or a restart. I was confused about this but after reading your article it makes sense that they have halted the update for now. Thanks!!
Wanted to add to my post that both my firesticks are the newest model. The one that updated to 184.108.40.206 is plugged into the wall adapter to get power. The one that did not update was plugged into the tv usb for power and it gave me a message that it might not be able to handle an update because it wasn’t getting enough power. This may explain why one device updated and the other didn’t. Either way I’ve never been a huge fan of the firestick interface, and so far I like what I’ve seen of the new version…so I’m eagerly waiting for them to roll out the completed new version.
I have a firestick gen 2 I got for free with the DirecTV Now deal. It didn’t even have 220.127.116.11 preinstalled. I still don’t have 18.104.22.168 yet.
Fire TV Stick 2 updated 12/10 22.214.171.124 (565189620)
My fire stick reboots upon opening KODI. Update came in last night
got it, hate it had to redo kodi….lost all my info on the chip.
I am also still waiting for this New Update to arrive to all my FTV devices:
Two FireTV2 Box.
One FireTV1 Box.
Two FireTV1 Stics.
Apparently Amazon have halted this update or is releasing it extremely slowly.
An update for FTV devices, it had never taken so long!
My Fire TV Stick 2 received 126.96.36.199 (Cinema UI)
Calibration setting is still not available in this OS update.
I just got my update last night. I love it however Amazon Freetime doesn’t work. I don’t know how to hide it or update it.
I received the update on Tuesday and have lost the kodi logo from recent and my apps as well. Any idea on getting it back? Thanks
Open ES File explorer click on setting then Logger floating widget settings and uncheck enable logger floating widget. It not Amazon.
I am having the same problem……how can we get the icon back on the “Recent” list.
I’ve discovered a small niggle with the upgrade. Occasionally, especially when using Kodi, I get an icon offering me the option to open ES File Explorer.
That seems to be esfile explorer, just Force Stop for esfile explorer and the icon goes away.
Thanks, that worked perfectly.
My fs updated last night.How can i get Kodi to work again. I can see the logo but nothing else?
@NickyP Try Settings/Applications/Kodi/Force Stop, then try again.
It works great on mine
I have the latest upgrade 188.8.131.52 on my fire box now I have ads covering the whole screen every 5 to 10 minutes…is there a fix for this.
I received the update on 1 of my 3 sticks also have box no update there. No issues to speak of on the updated one though.