If you purchase a new Amazon Fire TV Stick today, odds are it’ll come with a different remote than it would have if you purchased it a few months ago, even though the packaging and remote itself look exactly the same. Amazon has created a new remote for the Fire TV 3 and is now including it with the Fire TV Stick 2 as well.
You can read about the new remote in more detail here, but the important information is that it looks exactly the same as the old remote, which first debuted with the 2nd generation Fire TV, but it has all-new circuitry on the inside. The new remote connects to the Fire TV Stick via Bluetooth instead of WiFi-direct.
The two remotes function identically and if you didn’t look at the model number under the battery compartment of the remote, you likely wouldn’t be able to tell which remote you have. The new Bluetooth remote is model PE59CV, while the old WiFi-direct remote is model DR49WK. The only reason to want one remote over the other is if your environment has interference that is causing the remote to disconnect.
Thanks to Chris M. for letting me know that the new Fire TV Stick he ordered came with the new remote. There’s no guarantee that all Fire TV Stick orders will receive the new remote since there may still be older stock in the particular warehouse that ships your order. It’s likely that if you purchase a new voice remote from Amazon on its own, you’ll receive the new remote.