Amazon has informed me that the new updated Fire TV interface that was revealed earlier this year will start rolling out today through a software update. The completely redesigned interface is being released to newer Fire TV models first and will arrive on older models early next year.
The Fire TV Stick Lite and the Fire TV Stick 3, both released in 2020, will be the first Fire TV models to receive the update interface. Amazon hasn’t said which models will be next to receive the redesigned interface, apart from saying that “additional devices will follow through early 2021.”
This new interface is the first major redesign to come to the Fire TV since 2016, when the current interface was released. In addition to rearranging the navigation bar and app placement, the new interface will add user profile capabilities to the Fire TV that allow up to six people in a household to customize the device and receive personalized recommendations. There is also a new app capability that allows you to “scroll over supported apps to quickly peek at what’s inside and begin playback.”
Given that this is such a significant change to devices, it’s probably safe to assume that it will be rolling out very slowly. Only a small set of 2020 Fire TV Sticks will receive the update today, with more being eligible in the coming days and weeks. There is no way to force your device to update to the new interface or to install it manually. All you can do is go to Settings > My Fire TV > About > Check for Updates to see if it’s your device’s turn to get the new interface.