About a year ago, Amazon pushed an update to newer Fire TV models that made it possible to control the volume of Bluetooth headphones and/or speakers paired to a Fire TV with the Fire TV remote’s volume buttons. At the time, it seemed like only Fire OS 7 devices, like the 3rd-gen Fire TV Stick and 2nd-gen Fire TV Cube, received the new capability. Now it looks like Amazon is finally bringing it to older Fire TV devices running Fire OS 6. At the very least, the Fire TV Stick 4K can now control Bluetooth volume using the remote volume buttons, which was not possible a few weeks ago. Other Fire OS 6 Fire TV models may be gaining the capability as well, but I haven’t had a chance to check, so please let everyone know in the comments if it works for you and which Fire TV model you are using. Thanks to everyone that contacted me about this new update!
Amazon is rolling out new software updates to Fire TVs and Firesticks that add a capability customers have been wanting for a very long time. It is finally possible to lower and raise the volume of Bluetooth audio devices, such as Bluetooth ear pods and Bluetooth soundbars, using the volume buttons on the Fire TV’s remote. Fire TV devices gained the ability to connect audio over Bluetooth in 2015, but the feature has been crippled by the inability to adjust the volume unless the Bluetooth device itself had built-in volume controls. That shortcoming is finally being addressed with the latest Fire TV software update. Read more ›
One of today’s Prime Day Countdown Deals is the Jaybird X2 Premium Bluetooth Headphones for $79.99. That’s down nearly 50% from their regular price of $149.99, which is the cheapest I’ve ever seen for these headphones. They dipped down to $99.99 a few times last month, but never quite this low. If you’re looking for a premium set of bluetooth headphones to use with the Fire TV or Fire TV Sticks private listening feature, which allows you to watch content without disturbing anyone around you, these are a great choice. Many cheaper bluetooth headphones give up sound quality in exchange for battery life and weight, but not these. They come with large assortment of various pads and fins to ensure you’ll be able to customize them to be comfortable in your ears for extended listening sessions. They charge via standard USB, so you can actually charge them using the USB port on the back of the Fire TV 1 and 2, so that they’re always ready to go. Keep an eye on my Prime Day Hub where I’ll be posting the best deals throughout Prime Day, which is tomorrow July 12.