The new 5.0.3 software update for the 2nd-gen Amazon Fire TV is still rolling out to devices, but we’re starting to get an idea of what it does and doesn’t fix. As we’ve come to expect, other than saying it contains “minor bug fixes and performance improvements,” Amazon isn’t providing any details about the update. Those who have already received the update have thankfully been active in the comments on my announcement post.
This update does not appear to fix the Dolby Digital surround sound issues yet. Amazon has said this will be fixed by November 30th. It does, however, appear that this update does fix the low volume issue that some Fire TV 2 owners have been experiencing.
One of my sources at Amazon, who is only familiar with some of the details of this update, tells me this update contains new firmware for the voice remote. However, it’s not clear what specifically the new remote firmware fixes/changes. Also included in this update is better detection of 4K capable televisions that are connected through AV receivers, which I’m told was an issue with a small set of receiver/TV combinations, as well as improved compatibility with Logitech Harmony hubs.
I’m told more bug fix updates will be coming soon. It appears Amazon wants to get bug fixes out to devices as soon as they’re ready, instead of waiting to release a single large update that applies all the bug fixes at once. As always, if you haven’t received this update yet, all you can do is be patient. There is no way to force the update or install it manually. If you notice other fixes or changes not mentioned above, please be sure to share them with all of us in the comments. I do my best to uncover all that I can about these updates, but I’m just one guy so I must rely heavily on all of you, the great AFTVnews community, to uncover the details of these bug fixing updates.