The latest software update, version 18.104.22.168, for the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick has been rolling out for a week now and should be available on most devices. Amazon continues to be coy with the details of this bug fixing update, but AFTVnews readers have thankfully chimed in with their findings to give all of us an idea of what has and hasn’t been fixed.
The big issue with the new Fire TV remains to be surround sound audio. This update appears to bring the new Fire TV closer to audio perfection, but not all the way. Chris Wolfe and Edgar R. are reporting that DTS audio, including passthrough capabilities with kodi, are now working with this latest software update. What still seems unstable is the older Dolby Digital audio format. While some readers, like PAPA and BBS, say that Dolby Digital audio is now at least somewhat working, others, like Vulcan195, Jay, and Ray, are still not getting Dolby Digital from the 2nd-gen Fire TV to work with older A/V receviers. Amazon still says Dolby Digital will work by November 30th, so hopefully we’ll see another update by then that fixes DD audio once and for all.
Also included with this latest software update are firmware updates for the new wifi-based voice remote and game controller. After installing the 22.214.171.124 software update, using your remote or game controller for the first time will result in a pop up message infroming you the peripheral is being updated. Since some users were reporting only sporadic connection issues with the new remote and controller, it’s a bit more difficult to determine if this update fixes those issues, but readers are saying the remote does seem to be improved.
With both the 2nd-gen Fire TV and Fire TV Gaming Edition back in stock and shipping to customers, it seems Amazon is confident they’ve fixed enough of the issues to start shipping the new Fire TV to new customers again. Additionally, the device’s star rating has been slowly climbing up week after week, so it seems reviewers have noticed the software improvements as well. Be sure to chime in in the comments with what you think of this new update and if there are still issues you’re waiting to be fixed.