We know a new Fire TV interface is coming soon, but the big questions are which devices will receive the new interface, and what does it have to offer? Tucked at the bottom of Amazon’s press release for the new Fire TV Stick 2 are partial answers to both of those questions. Amazon says the new interface “will be available for all Fire TV customers” through an over-the-air update. Later this year, the Fire TV Stick 2 and the Fire TV 2 will receive the update first, and the Fire TV Stick 1 and Fire TV 1 will follow.
As for new features, apart from the complete interface overhaul, the press release says there will now be “a customizable apps list on the home screen,” which is a feature that so many of us Fire TV owners have been wanting for a long time. Amazon also says the new interface “will present a cinematic experience” and let “customers access the content they want more quickly – without the need to open and close multiple apps.” I’m not entirely sure what that means, but my guess is they’re referring to a tighter integration of Amazon Channels, which do let you view content from other networks through the Fire TV’s default interface, instead of individual apps.