Amazon has released a new version of what it calls the “3rd-gen” Alexa Voice Remote. The new remote looks and functions identically to the one released in March 2021, which is likely why Amazon isn’t officially considering it a new remote, but this new remote actually has a new model number. The new remote also has a new FCC ID number, which suggests that the electrical components in the new remote are new as well.
You might think that the latest Fire TV remote being called the “3rd-gen Alexa Voice Remote” remote means that there are a total of 3 different Fire TV voice remote models, but Amazon’s Fire TV remote generations don’t coincide with actual remote models. Amazon considers all Fire TV remotes that have voice capabilities but which do not have TV control capabilities (i.e., power, mute, and volume buttons) to be 1st-gen Alexa Voice remotes. Those “1st-gen” remotes actually consist of 4 distinct remote models that were released between 2014 and 2017. The 2nd-gen Alexa Voice Remote, released in 2018, is actually a single model and it was the first remote to include TV controls.
For the 3rd-gen Alexa Voice Remote, Amazon started with the 2nd-gen remote and added a TV guide button and 4 app shortcut buttons. They also swapped out the black microphone button for a blue button with an Alexa icon and replaced the Amazon arrow branding at the bottom with a “fire TV” branded logo. That remote had a model number of L5B83G and FCC ID of 2AVZA-2374. The new version of the “3rd-gen” Alexa Voice Remote that was just released has a model number of P4C6EN and FCC ID of 2AYT9-7426.
The new Fire TV remote first appeared in regulatory filings in the middle of last year. It then passed through FCC approval in September of last year. This new remote is now being shipped with newly manufactured Fire TV models and it’s presumed that all Fire TV models will eventally use this newer remote, except the Fire TV Stick Lite, which uses a uniqe remote that was also recently updated.
There doesn’t seem to be any noticeable differences between the original and new 3rd-gen Alexa Voice Remote. With the 1st-gen Alexa Voice Remote, Amazon switched from Bluetooth to WiFi-Direct as the communication method when the 2nd iteration was released. Then, with the 3rd iteration, Amazon switched back to Bluetooth. That doesn’t seem to be the case with this new remote, so there’s no telling what has actually changed or why a new remote was released. Seemingly pointless changes like this usually have to do with money, so the new remote is probably just less expensive for Amazon to manufacture.