My new app Informer has just been released for all Amazon Fire TV models. The purpose of the app is to conveniently provide information about your Fire TV. This initial version lets you know which model/generation device you own, it’s hardware and video specs, and what known features or changes the various software updates have made to the device. I hope to expand on the information in the app with future updates.
Informer started out as just a way to help Fire TV owners figure out exactly which model they had. I constantly see people asking how to figure out if they have the 1st-generation or 2nd-generation Fire TV Stick, for example, or if they have the original 1080p Fire TV or the 4K Fire TV. For experienced owners, these might seem like obvious questions, but with 12 distinct Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Edition television models, it can get confusing sorting them out. Now there’s a quick and easy way to figure it all out. Just load up Informer.
When you launch Informer, it immediately tells you which Fire TV model it’s running on. It also lists the device’s hardware specs, such as CPU speed, RAM, storage, and more. It also lists video and audio support, so that it’s easy to figure out which video codecs your device supports, if it supports HDR, what maximum resolution and framerate are supported, and more. If you’re interested, you can use the Fast Forward and Rewind buttons on your remote to cycle through all Fire TV models to compare specs between your model and others.
Informer also provides information about all of your device’s software updates. Since I already try to meticulously keep track of all updates across all models, I thought it would be nice to have that information on hand and accessible right from the Fire TV itself. The next time your device updates, you can load up Informer and hopefully get some insight into what has changed. This information is dynamically pulled from AFTVnews every time the app loads, so it will stay up to date without needing to update the app itself.
While viewing software update information about your own Fire TV model, you can press the Play button on your remote to toggle software update information about other models. In addition to a list of notes and known changes about each software update, there is also a list of relevant articles that I’ve written about the update and/or the features that the update adds. You can select any article from the list and it will open up in Silk or Firefox to tell you more about the item.
As with all of my apps, Informer is completely free. There is a donation button at the top of the app that allows you to contribute to its future development through in-app donations using your Amazon account. Please don’t feel obligated to donate in any way. You’re welcome to enjoy the app at no cost. Do know that I may experiment with displaying ads in the app, if necessary, as a supplement to donations.
Huge thanks go out to my developer, Johannes Bramauer, for always being willing and ready to turn my ideas into reality. (We’re also working on a long-overdue major v2.0 update to Downloader.) I hope to continue to expand the information provided in the Informer app, so if you’ve got any ideas for what you’d like to see added, please let me know in the comments below.
If you think this new app is usefull, I’d greatly appreciate it if you take a second to leave a review.