Xiaomi Fire TV Smart TV continues the cookie-cutter trend of having the same internal specs as all other Fire TVs since 2020

After it was revealed that Hisense’s first Fire TV Smart TV had the same specs as every other 4K Fire TV Smart TV from the last two years, I didn’t have much hope for Xiaomi’s first Fire TV Smart TV to be any different. Sure enough, the specs of the Xiaomi F2 Series Fire TV Smart TVs, which were published this morning, are identical to the 2020 Fire TV Smart TVs from Toshiba and Insignia. Under the hood is the same MediaTek MTK T31 Cortex-A55 quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU, Mali-G52 MP1 GPU running at 504 MHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 10/100 Ethernet, and 802.11ac WiFi 5 as all 4K Fire TV Smart TVs released since 2020, regardless of manufacturer. Read more ›

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Hisense’s new Fire TV Smart TV shares the same old recycled internal specs as 2 year old Fire TVs

When Hisense announced its first-ever Fire TV Smart TV last month, it was a breath of fresh air to see one of the worlds leading TV manufacturers join the Fire TV lineup. That’s one of the reasons why I called it the most important TV in Amazon’s Fire TV lineup. With impressive screen features like a Quantum Dot screen, Full-Array Local Dimming, a variable refresh rate, high peak brightness, Dolby Vision, and more, this TV was shaping up to be a cut above other Fire TV Smart TV models. Unfortunately, its differences only cut so deep because internal specs revealed today show that, under the hood, the Hisense U6HF Fire TV Smart TVs uses the same old guts that have been common in most Fire TV Smart TVs for the last two years. Read more ›

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Xiaomi releases its first 4K Amazon Fire TV Smart TVs to the UK in 43″, 50″, and 55″ sizes

Xiaomi joins Hisense by crossing Google’s line with the release of its first Amazon Fire TV Smart TVs. The Xiaomi F2 Series Fire TVs are a set of 4K LED LCD TVs in 43-inch, 50-inch, and 55-inch sizes for the UK market. While these TVs have a few premium features, like support for High Dynamic Range (HDR), they are primarily going up against budget TVs and are a welcomed addition to the Fire TV lineup. Read more ›

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Why Hisense’s new Fire TV Smart TV is the most important TV in Amazon’s Fire TV lineup

Earlier this week, Hisense announced its first Fire TV Smart TV. The new 4K TV has an impressive list of features, like Dolby Vision HDR support, a high peak brightness, a Quantum Dot screen, Full-Array Local Dimming, a variable refresh rate, and more. On paper, it’s quite possibly the best Fire TV Smart TV as far as picture quality goes. While the TV’s specs are great, they have nothing to do with what makes the Hisense Fire TV Smart TV a huge leap forward for Fire TV and the most important TV in Amazon’s Fire TV lineup. Read more ›

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Hisense releases its first Fire TV Smart TV with a QLED 4K Dolby Vision screen in 50″ & 58″ sizes

Hisense is joining Toshiba, Insignia, Pioneer, and Amazon itself with its first-ever Fire TV Smart TV. The new Hisense U6HF Fire TV Smart TV is available in 50-inch and 58-inch sizes, although the larger size won’t be released until sometime this fall, with both sizes being 4K TVs. These new Fire TV Smart TVs are slotting in among the more premium offerings from other manufacturers with features like Dolby Vision, Quantum Dot QLED, Full Array Local Dimming, and a variable refresh rate. Read more ›

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How to remap the App Buttons on Fire TV Remotes with Remapper — Updated March 2022

The app buttons at the bottom of the newest Fire TV Remotes and Fire TV Smart TV remotes can either be fantastic or useless. They’re great if it’s an app that you use often, but they’re a complete waste if you don’t even have the app that they’re for installed. This guide will show you how to reassign the app buttons to open any app you want. This method uses my Remapper app and works for Netflix, HBO, Hulu, PS Vue, Disney+, CTV, Crave, DAZN, TVNOW, and other buttons. It works on the new remote paired to a Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, and Firestick, as well as Fire TV Edition devices from Element, Toshiba, Insignia, Onida, Grundig, JVC, and more.

UPDATE: Amazon has made changes to prevent my original remapping method from working. I have updated this guide with a workaround that should circumvent Amazon’s changes. If you previously installed any Remapper, it is best to uninstall it and carefully follow this guide from the very beginning. Enjoy this workaround while it lasts, but you should expect that Amazon will likely block it as well eventually.
UPDATE #2: The original workaround did not work on Fire OS 7 devices. The guide has been updated again to now work on all Fire OS versions. Read more ›

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Amazon and Funai release the first Fire TV Smart TVs in Japan

Amazon has teamed up with Funai, a Japanese consumer electronics company, and Yamada Denki, one of the largest consumer electronics retailers in Japan, to release the first Fire TV Smart TVs in Japan. Predicted by the leak of a Japanese Fire TV Smart TV remote last year, the new TVs include the Funai F340 Series, which consists of three 4K models in 43, 50, and 55-inch sizes, as well as a Funai F140 Series, which will see the inclusion of a 720p 32-inch model. The arrival of these latest Fire TV Smart TVs in Japan marks the 6th country where Amazon now sells a total of over 100 different Fire TV Smart TV models, including the US, the UK, Germany, Canada, and India. Read more ›

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Insignia releases its first 75-inch budget 4K Fire TV Smart TV

A new Insignia 75-inch F30 Series Fire TV Smart TV has just made an appearance on Best Buy’s website. The F30 Series of Insignia Fire TV Smart TVs were first released in the middle of 2021 with several sizes that topped off at 55 inches. Insignia later released 58-inch, 65-inch, and 70-inch Fire TV Smart TVs in the same line, but has now pushed the size even further with this new 75-inch TV. The F30 Series is Insignia’s least expensive line of Fire TV Smart TVs, while its F50 Series TVs are its premium TVs, thanks to their QLED panels. Read more ›

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Zoom app arives on Amazon Omni Series Fire TV Smart TVs for 2-way video calling

Fire TV Omni Series Smart TVs are now compatible with the Zoom app for two-way video conferencing. These TVs are only the second Fire TV models to work with Zoom, after the Fire TV Cube was the first to gain compatibility earlier this year. To use Zoom with either a Fire TV Omni Series Smart TV or a Fire TV Cube, you need to connect a USB camera to the Fire TV. Amazon recommends the Logitech C920 (1080p, ~$65), Logitech C922x (1080p, ~$80), and Logitech C310 (720p, ~$27) webcams, but any cameras that support the USB Video Class (UVC) standard with at least 720p resolution and 30fps will work. Once the camera is connected to the Smart TV’s USB port or the Fire TV Cube’s microUSB port with an adpater, like these from StarTech, UGREEN, and CableCreation, you can launch the Zoom app and login. If your calendar is linked to Alexa and your Zoom meting is on your calendar, you can say “Alexa, join my Zoom meeting” to automatically join your next meeting.

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How to fix a Fire TV issue causing tiny icons and a zoomed out home screen

Fire TVs occasionally experience a strange bug where the home screen appears to be zoomed out and all icons, elements, and thumbnails are very small. This issue has popped up on devices from time to time for years but it seems that Fire TV Smart TVs from Toshiba and Insignia, specifically, are seeing a surge of this issue occurring. While there is no known way to make it never happen again, the fix to restore how the Fire TV interface should look is very quick and easy. Read more ›

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