Fire TV update also adds no new features or UI changes


Much like the latest Fire TV Stick update, the new Amazon Fire TV software update, version, that is currently rolling out to devices makes no visible changes to the Fire TV. I initially speculated that this new update would bring the promised HBO search integration, but it turns out a software update is no longer required to add additional search sources. Fire TVs running the previous software version are also getting HBO results within voice and text searches.

This wasn’t always the case. When Amazon added Crackle and Showtime search integration with the update, the previous software version distinclty lacked the new search sources. At some point since, Amazon must have added in the ability to update search sources dynamically without the need of a full software update. All indication is that this Fire TV update and its sister Fire TV Stick update seem to only make changes behind the scenes.


Amazon has officially listed the features of this update to be “Bug Fixes” and nothing else.

  1. Matthew says:

    Now that we know there was an under-the-hood fix on the AFTV Stick firmware, has anyone discovered any similar differences with the new firmware on the AFTV Box?

  2. Terry says:

    I can confirm Kodi still working, and you can still sideload :)

  3. Matt says:

    What about rooting ability?

    • AFTVnews says:

      If this update added rooting ability, you better believe the headline would be “FIRE TV STICK ROOTABLE!!!!!!!!!”

      (In other words, sorry but no, the Fire TV Stick still can;t be software rooted.)

  4. chris says:

    I am on latest firmware ,I would like to no if it can be hardware rooted?

  5. Joshua Timothy says:

    Did anyone test to see if windows 8.1 miracasting is possible now?

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