Exclusive: Amazon is working on a Silk Web Browser for the Fire TV

It looks like Amazon’s Silk web browser, which comes installed on their line of Fire tablets, will be coming to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. If you sideload the tablet version of Amazon’s Silk browser onto the Fire TV, you don’t simply get a touch-based app that requires a mouse to use, like you get if you sideload Chrome or Firefox. Instead, you’re presented with a tutorial, made specifically for the Fire TV, instructing you on how to use the Fire TV’s Alexa voice remote to search and navigate the web.

Digging into the source of the Silk browser app, it’s clear that Amazon has recently begun adding support for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. There’s a very unique solution built-in for the task of selecting webpage links on a device without a mouse or touchscreen, as well as support for embedded webpage videos that allows you to control video playback using the media buttons on the Fire TV remote. Feedback options specific to the Fire TV indicate the browser is already being tested internally by Amazon employees. Read more ›

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Exclusive: Amazon to release new mid-tier Fire TV model with 4K, HDR, and Android 7

Amazon will be releasing a new Fire TV model which falls in between their current 2nd generation Fire TV Stick and 2nd generation Fire TV. This information is based on a benchmark I’ve discovered and other information I’ve acquired. The new model will support 4K UHD playback at 60 fps and high dynamic range (HDR) video, which is superior to all existing Fire TV models, although I expect the new model to be sold alongside both existing Fire TV models. This will be Amazon’s first HDR capable streaming device and is meant to be an entry-level model for 4K HDR streaming, to compete with the Chromecast Ultra. The new device will run a version of Fire OS that is based on Google’s latest Android 7 Nougat operating system, which is a significant upgrade from their current Fire TV lineup that runs Fire OS 5 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. Read more ›

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Exclusive: Amazon to release home security camera with possible Alexa integration

One of my scripts that regularly crawls various sites, in hopes of finding information about upcoming hardware, found the image you see above sitting on Amazon.com. It appears to be an unreleased home security camera from Amazon, to compete directly with products like the Nest Cam. Surrounding the camera lens appear to be 4 infrared LEDs for night vision. The stand and body style imply the camera is for indoor use only.

The blue light ring around the lens is certainly reminiscent of the Amazon Echo’s light ring, so it’s possible the camera will also serve as an Echo Dot of sorts. The two small openings at the top are very likely microphones and it’s not uncommon for indoor camera’s to have built-in speakers to facilitate intercom-style communication, so all the necessary hardware components could be in place to speak with Amazon’s Alexa using just the camera. Given the success of Alexa, it’s almost guaranteed the voice assistant will play some role in this new product.


4/26/17 This product has now launched as the Echo Look. Turns out it’s not a security camera, but rather a “style assistant.”

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Exclusive: Amazon’s music subscription service will be called Amazon Music Unlimited


Amazon is rumored to be working on a new streaming music subscription service, separate from Prime Music, to compete with the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music. After noticing an unusual lack of “Prime” branding in the new Amazon Music app for the Fire TV, I began to suspect the app was released this week in preperation for the rumored new music service from Amazon. I did some digging through the app’s code, as I am often inclined to do, and have found clear evidence that Amazon will indeed be launching a new premium streaming music service called Amazon Music Unlimited. Read more ›

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Exclusive: Live streaming video and channels coming to the Amazon Fire TV


I have begun my dissection of the new software update for the Amazon Fire TV and have found strong evidence that support for live streaming video from Amazon is coming to the device. Deep in the code are newly added buttons and styling which mark videos in the main Fire TV interface as “On Now” with accompanying “Watch Live” buttons. Additionally, there are new references in the code to “Live Stations” and “Live Channels” which seem to indicate that, when the functionality arrives, it won’t just be individual live shows, but rather, continuous live programming. Read more ›

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Exclusive: First image of unreleased Roku 4

I wrote a script which analyzes image url patterns on a website and tries to find unpublished images based on specific terms. I created the script to try to find 2nd-gen Fire TV images before the device was announced. The script worked to find images of the new Fire TV before it was announced, but they were useless since, as everyone now knows, the new Fire TV looks exactly like the old Fire TV. Since we’re expecting a new Roku to be announced soon, I decided to point my script at roku.com and what do you know. It found the image you see above.

The photo doesn’t tell us much about the new device other than that it has a new wider footprint. The remote looks identical to the existing Roku 3. It looks like the dedicated Amazon button has been replaced with either a WatchESPN or YouTube button, and the dedicated Hulu button has been replaced with a Google Play button, like on the latest Roku Stick. I expect we’ll hear more about the new Roku 4 from Roku any day now.


8:17am PT Here is the link to the image on Roku’s server.
10:00am PT Roku has taken down the Roku 4 image (seen above) from their server.

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Exclusive: Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant coming to Amazon Fire TV


The Amazon Fire TV is about to gain a lot of functionality. Alexa, the voice assistant in the Amazon Echo speaker will be making its way to the Amazon Fire TV. Soon you’ll be able to use your Fire TV voice remote to do everything the Echo does, right on your Fire TV. With Alexa on the Fire TV, you can listen to Audible and Kindle Unlimited audiobooks, check your Google Calendar, reorder items from Amazon, play music, get traffic conditions, and a whole lot more. These new features will essentially turn your TV into an Amazon Echo, minus the always listening feature. Read more ›

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Exclusive: Shopping Amazon coming to Fire TV and Fire TV Stick


Watch out QVC, because the largest online retailer is moving into TV based shopping. Amazon is adding the ability to shop their massive selection of products using the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Anyone familiar with Amazon probably saw this coming, but now it’s finally being added to Fire TV devices via the new software update that is currently being deployed, and yes, you will be able to shop using voice search. A trusted source at Amazon, who wishes to remain anonymous, told me about the new feature months ago and I have been able to confirm its presence in the latest software update by decompiling and examining the source code. Also included in the new update, which is a necessity to effectively shop Amazon’s massive product selection, is the addition of filtering and sorting options to the Fire TV’s search functionality. Read more ›

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Exclusive: Bluetooth Audio and Peripheral support coming to the Amazon Fire TV

The next Amazon Fire TV updated will be focused on expanding the device’s connectivity options. The biggest news is the expected addition of external storage support, which would finally allow consumers to increase the Fire TV’s limiting 8GB storage capacity. The awesome Fire TV team over at Amazon’s Lab126, who’s in charge of the device’s development, isn’t stopping with USB improvements. Bluetooth improvements are also on the agenda in the form of audio and peripheral support. Read more ›

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Exclusive: Next Amazon Fire TV update expected to add support for USB Storage

With the addition of more and more great high-end games to the Amazon Fire TV’s app library, the number one complaint from users has always been the device’s lack of expandable storage. The Fire TV’s 8 GB internal storage fills up in no time when popular games like GTA: San Andreas and NBA 2K15 require nearly 3 gigs of space each. Good news, because Amazon has heard your complaints and the Fire TV development team is finally addressing the issue in the next software update. Read more ›

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