The day so many of us have been waiting for has finally arrived. The Fire OS 5 software update is finally beginning to roll out to 1st-gen Fire TVs. The update carries version number 5.0.5 (537174420). So far, I’ve only received confirmation that 1st-gen Fire TVs are receiving this update, but It’s likely older Fire TV Sticks that shipped with non-voice remotes will also receive this update. It’s unclear if this update will also arrive on 2nd-gen Fire TVs. If you have a 2nd-gen Fire TV that you wish to root, be sure you’re blocking updates until we know whether this version is rootable or not.
This is the update that adds Alexa to older devices and brings those devices up to Android version 5.1 Lollipop. As always, there is no way to force the update on your device. You can force an update check, but if it’s not your device’s turn to update, then all you can do is wait. Amazon rolls the update out slowly over the course of a couple weeks so some devices will be updated early while others won’t receive the update for a while. Let us know in the comments once you receive the update, which device you have, and what new features you’ve noticed.
2/2/2016 5:52pm Here is a screenshot for those asking for it in the comments. It is from a 1st-gen Fire TV. Big thanks to Gary C. for providing it. 2/3/2016 8:00am I’ve received confirmation that older Fire TV Sticks are indeed also receiving this software update. Additionally, the update adds better support for Amazon’s add-on subscription service, as well as a new consolidated “Your Videos” section.
The Amazon Fire TV appstore currently consists of 4,306 apps and games. That number has dropped by over 100 since yesterday. All of the apps and games removed were listed as being only compatible with the 1st-gen Fire TV, indicating that the likely reason for their removal is incompatibility with the upcoming Fire OS 5 software update expected to arrive in February. Among the apps removed, 60 of them were games, which accounts for the majority of the removed apps. 25 of the games removed were “tablet games on TV,” which are probably some of the least played games on the Fire TV due to their less than ideal control scheme. The second largest category of apps effected is the novelty category, which is a bit of a catch-all category that includes a wide variety of apps ranging from streaming services to sound effect apps. With the jump from an Android 4.2.2 based operating system to an Android 5.1 based operating, app incompatibility is expected. If there are specific apps or games removed that you’ll miss, point them out in the comments below.
Now that Amazon has officially addressed the next software update for the 1st-gen Fire TV and the older Fire TV Stick that shipped with a non-voice remote, we finally have an expected date for the long awaited Fire OS 5 software update. It looks like Fire OS 5 will come to the 1st-gen Fire TV and Fire TV Stick in a standard over-the-air software update in February. Here’s everything you need to know about the update. Read more ›
The most common question I’m asked for the AFTVnewscast Q&A segment is: When will 1st-gen Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks get the Fire OS 5 software update? I’ve finally got some concrete information on the subject, but unfortunately, it may not be what everyone wants to hear. One of my trusted sources within Amazon tells me that, as of today, Fire OS 5 for the 1st-gen Fire TV and older Fire TV Sticks (that shipped with a non-voice remote) is in its final testing phase, but it will not be released until January 2016. Read more ›
Unless you’re a developer or like having things not work, you shouldn’t install this first version of Fire OS 5. There’s a good reason why you have to jump through a few hoops to install the developer preview of Fire OS 5. It has issues, is not ready for the masses, and is just down right weird at times. Read more ›
Videophiles have long faulted the Amazon Fire TV for only supporting a video output framerate of 50 and 60 Hz. This is an issue because nearly all film is shot at 24 frames per second. Outputting video at a frequency that doesn’t match the source material can result in noticeable tearing or judder. While most people are blind to the issue, it has been a thorn in the side of those who care ever since the Fire TV was released. If you’re one who wants perfect one-to-one framerates from your Fire TV, you’ll be happy to know that, to an extent, Fire OS 5 includes support for 24, 25, and 30 Hz output video. Read more ›
The developer preview of Fire OS 5.0 has begun arriving on Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks that signed up to receive the update. As expected, the interface and feature set appears to be identical to the current Fire OS 3.0 based software, but it’s under the hood where the changes are hiding. I have it installed on both a Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, so let me know in the comments if there’s anything you’d like me to check.
If you’re a developer, or are just dying to sideload those shiny new Android TV apps that your Shield TV friends have been flaunting in your face, then here’s how to install the Fire OS 5 Developer Preview on a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Be aware that Amazon does not recommend that the general public install this preview. According to Amazon, it does not contain any new features and is meant to be used by developers to test their apps. Read more ›
Amazon has just announced that current generation Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks will receive Fire OS 5 based on Android Lollipop. Amazon first announced Fire OS 5 for Fire tablets in June with a vauge reference to Fire TVs. It was unclear at the time if current generation Fire Tv devices would also be receiving an update to Fire OS 5, or if it would be received for next generation Fire TV devices. Today we have confirmation, as well as a developer preview, of Fire OS 5 for the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.
Fire OS 5 for Fire TV devices is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop and will include full support for apps using Android TV libraries. This means developers making apps for Android TV will be able to easily port their apps over to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Anyone with an Amazon Developer account can sign up to receive the Fire OS 5 update on their Fire TV device.