A new software update is starting to roll out to the Amazon Fire TV 3. The new update still carries version number 188.8.131.52 but it changes the build number from NS6210/397 to NS6210/399. Since only the build number changed, that’s usually an indication that the update contains only bug fixes without introducing any new features.
It’s worth noting that Amazon is doing something strange with the version and build numbers of the Fire TV 3 software updates. Amazon’s Fire TV Software Update page lists 184.108.40.206 as the latest software version for the Fire TV 3, even though the devices themselves list 220.127.116.11. Yesterday, the latest build value for the supposed 18.104.22.168 version on the Amazon page was listed as 0000033656196 and has now been updated to 0000033656708. Both of those values don’t seem to correlate with the strange new build values being displayed in Fire OS 6, so I’m not sure what’s going on there.
Regardless of what’s going on with Amazon’s version numbering, this latest update probably fixes bugs that have emerged now that the Fire TV 3 is in the hands of regular customers. As always, it’s difficult to tell what has been changed or fixed with this latest update, because Amazon simply says it “includes general improvements and bug fixes.”
The new update does seem to include a new version of the Appstore app on the Fire TV. That app is the one responsible for generating your list of installed apps on the Fire TV Home screen and other places, so perhaps it fixes the issue where people are seeing an empty app list after completing the device’s initial setup. The second Fire TV 3 I set up this morning downloaded this new update during the setup process and it did not have an empty app row, while my first Fire TV 3 on the NS6210/397 version of 22.214.171.124 did, so it looks promising that the issue has been fixed.
Another issue that I’m aware of people having with the Fire TV 3 is unusually low volume. I have not experienced that on my devices, so I can’t know if it has been addressed in this latest update. If you had low volume and have noticed that it is now fixed after receiving this latest update, please let us know in the comments below, and as always, if anyone notices anything else changed or fixed, please mention that in the comments as well.