With the release of the Amazon Fire TV in the UK we saw the release of a new software version. This new update, version 188.8.131.52_user_514006420, is now starting to makes its way to Fire TVs outside the UK. Read on for an overview of the changes this update brings.
New Netflix App
I consider the new Netflix App to be a feature of the Fire TV update because you need to have this new update installed in order to install the new Netflix app. The app is a major improvement from the previous one and seems to have been held back until this new Fire TV update was released. No word on why, but be sure to install it once your Fire TV updates.
Display Mirroring / Miracast
A new menu option labeled “Enable Display Mirroring” has been added to the display settings options. This new feature allows you to mirror the display of a phone or tablet, that supports Miracast, onto your TV. Selecting the option displays a message informing you that “While this screen is open, guest devices can wirelessly mirror their display to your Fire TV.” I do not have a compatible mirroring device, so I was unable to test the feature. If you have a compatible device, I’d love to hear about your experience with this feature in the comments below.
Redesigned Display Scaling
The display scaling adjustment screen has been given a makeover. The screen is now black instead of the previous blue-ish color, and the solid arrows have been replaced with thin arrows. The functionality of the screen has remained the same.
UK English Language Option
A new language option for “English (UK)” has been added to the language selection screen added in the prevous update.
Tablet Games On Fire TV
The Fire TV can now play certain tablet games by simulating a cursor on the screen that is controlled with the Fire Game Controller. Thanks to Chad for pointing out this new feature in the comments. I’ve written a post here covering this new feature in more detail.
If you discover any changes I’ve missed, please be sure to mention them in the comments below!