The most common question I’m asked for the AFTVnewscast Q&A segment is: When will 1st-gen Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks get the Fire OS 5 software update? I’ve finally got some concrete information on the subject, but unfortunately, it may not be what everyone wants to hear. One of my trusted sources within Amazon tells me that, as of today, Fire OS 5 for the 1st-gen Fire TV and older Fire TV Sticks (that shipped with a non-voice remote) is in its final testing phase, but it will not be released until January 2016.
I’m told the upcoming holiday season is the reason Amazon has decided to postpone Fire OS 5 for older devices. The time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s day are referred to as “black days” within Amazon’s software division, where they typically do not release major software updates to any of their products. As you’d imagine, this is a time when many devices are purchased and used, so any software issues that arise during this time period are magnified. To ensure Fire TV owners have the best possible experience during this holiday season, they will be keeping all devices that don’t already have Fire OS 5 on their current version until January.
We can expect 1st-gen Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks to receive Fire OS 5, currently slated to have a version number of 5.0.4, at the turn of the new year. My sources tell me the decision to postpone, what is essentially a finished software update, by a month was not made lightly. The Fire TV team feels it’s in the best interest of all customers, even though it will be disappointing to those eager to get their hands on the new features coming with Fire OS 5, like Alexa.