A new software update has just started rolling out to Fire TV devices that restores the ability to use the voice remote to dictate what you would like typed into the on-screen keyboard. With the previous update that revamped the Alexa interface on older Fire TV devices, Amazon inadvertently broke voice dictation for the keyboard, but now they’ve made good on their promise to restore the functionality as soon as possible, by doing so in record time.
The new software update carries the same 18.104.22.168 software version number as the last update, but has a new build value of 617513120 that differs from the last build value by just one digit. This new update has only been spotted on the Fire TV 1 so far, but it will likely be coming to all Fire OS 5 devices, which include the Fire TV 1, Fire TV 2, Fire TV Stick 1, Fire TV Stick 2, and the 2017 Fire TV Edition models. The Fire TV 3 (Pendant) also lost the ability to use voice dictation with its most recent software update, but it would require a different update from this one to restore the functionality because the Fire TV 3 is running Fire OS 6.
It’s reassuring that Amazon was able to create and begin rolling out a fix that restored the lost voice dictation feature in only a week. It’s probably safe to assume that this update has no significant changes other than fixing voice dictation, but be sure to comment below if you notice any other changes.