A new software update is starting to roll out to nearly all Fire TV models. The new update is marked as version 18.104.22.168 with a build value of 587600920. While Amazon has not yet edited their Fire TV Software Update page to include this latest update, they have added the new update to their Fire TV Source Code Notice page. That page indicates that this update is rolling out to the Fire TV 1, Fire TV 2, Fire TV Stick 1, Fire TV Stick 2, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The page has never been updated to include the Fire TV 3, so it’s unknown if those devices are also being updated.
I’ve received this update on a Fire TV 1 and have not found any obvious differences yet. Since the latest version number has moved from 22.214.171.124 to 126.96.36.199 with this new update, there might be something significant hidden under the hood since lately Amazon has just been updating the build value when just releasing bug fixes.
It’s very unusual for Amazon to release a Fire TV update in December. I’ve been told in the past by trusted sources that Amazon avoids releasing updates whenever possible between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. That’s because if an unforeseen issue is introduced with an update during that period, it’s extra troublesome because a lot of staff is on vacation and there are a lot of new devices being set up for the first time due to the big sales that occur during that time.
One possibility for this unconventional software update is that it contains something to resolve Google’s upcoming YouTube block. If Amazon does plan to bypass the block, as some reports suggest, that would certainly be reason enough to release an update during this dark period when they otherwise avoid releasing updates. Another explanation for releasing an update in December is that this update has just been in the pipeline for some time and only now made it through QA testing.
As always, I’ll be digging into this update to try to uncover what changes it contains. Be sure to leave a comment below if you notice anything different after receiving this update.