Overview of Fire TV & Fire TV Stick software update 5.0.5 changes

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Here’s an overview of the changes and additions brought to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick by software version 5.0.5. If you’d like to learn about what the jump from Fire OS 3 to Fire OS 5 has changed, be sure to checkout my previous articles here and here. This article concentrates on the differences between software version 5.0.4 and 5.0.5. Read more ›

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Software update for Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote improves thermal and power management

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A new software update for the Fire TV Sticks with Voice Remote bundle is upon us. This update does not appear to be arriving on older Fire TV Sticks that were sold with non-voice remotes, since Amazon is still updating these two bundles separately. There seems to be a bit of a discrepancy in the version numbering of this software update. Amazon’s source code page lists this update as 5.0.3.3, yet the Fire TV Stick interface shows it to be version number 5.0.3.2, just like the previous version. Both the source code page and the device list the new “user” number as 535062420. Regardless of which version number is correct, this new update brings no new features. My source at Amazon tells me this update fixes a few minor bugs with Fire OS 5 on the Fire TV Stick and focuses primarily on improving thermal and power management. No word yet on when older Fire TV Sticks and the 1st-gen Fire TV will receive the upcoming update to Fire OS 5, but I’m told a 5.0.4 update is currently scheduled for early December, so hopefully that will go out to all Fire TV models.

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Overview of Fire OS 5 software update changes for the Fire TV Stick

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The new Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote has arrived with Fire OS 5 pre-installed, giving us our first look at what the new operating system brings to existing Fire TV devices updating from Fire OS 3. While those who ordered the new Stick bundle or new Fire TV 2 get these changes first, an update to Fire OS 5 for existing devices is on the horizon and should arrive soon. Here’s an overview of the changes and new features brought on by software version 5.0.3.2 for the Fire TV Stick. Read more ›

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Fire TV 2 update 5.0.3.1 brings more audio fixes, plus remote and game controller updates

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The latest software update, version 5.0.3.1, for the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick has been rolling out for a week now and should be available on most devices. Amazon continues to be coy with the details of this bug fixing update, but AFTVnews readers have thankfully chimed in with their findings to give all of us an idea of what has and hasn’t been fixed. Read more ›

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Software update 5.0.3 for Fire TV 2 squashes more bugs but not all

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The new 5.0.3 software update for the 2nd-gen Amazon Fire TV is still rolling out to devices, but we’re starting to get an idea of what it does and doesn’t fix. As we’ve come to expect, other than saying it contains “minor bug fixes and performance improvements,” Amazon isn’t providing any details about the update. Those who have already received the update have thankfully been active in the comments on my announcement post. Read more ›

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Latest software updates patch Stagefright vulnerability and fix HDCP blank screen issue

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Software updates 51.1.6.3 for the Fire TV and 54.1.2.3 for the Fire TV Stick appear to consist of only bug fixes and no new features. These updates have patched the last remaining Stagefright vulnerable library. If you still have your hopes set on a new rooting method using the Stagefright vulnerability, you’ll want to avoid this update. Additionally, it appears these updates have also fixed the HDCP blank screen issue that some people have been experiencing. It does not appear as though Amazon has removed the newly added “always on” HDCP encryption, however several readers have told me, with this new update, they are no longer seeing blank screens when waking their Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks from sleep mode.

The Amazon Appstore app, which controls the “Apps” and “Games” sections on the Fire TV, seems to have received a lot of attention with this update. Unfortunately, I could not find any indication with this update that Amazon is adding Amazon Underground to the Fire TV. This doesn’t mean the Fire TV will never have access to Amazon Underground apps. It just means that it’s unlikely to be part of this update. The Amazon Music app, which controls the “Music” section on Fire TV devices, has also received some care with this update. But again, no new features were found.

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Fire TV 51.1.6.1 & Fire TV Stick 54.1.2.1 software updates bring only bug fixes

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It has been just over a week since the Fire TV version 51.1.6.1_user_516010220 and Fire TV Stick version 54.1.2.1_user_121065320 software updates started rolling out to devices. Amazon’s official listing for these updates says they contain “minor bug fixes and performance improvements.” I’ve had a chance to dig through the source code and can confirm that there are no new features or visual changes brought on by these two updates. There’s no way to know what exactly was fixed or improved, but it appears the app which handles Amazon Instant Video playback has received a lot of attention with this update. The unreleased shopping feature has also been worked on quite a bit, which is expected since Amazon is probably close to announcing the new feature.

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Overview of Fire TV Software Update 51.1.6.0 & Fire TV Stick Software Update 54.1.2.0

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Here is an overview of all the changes the latest software update for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick have to offer. The Fire TV has updated to version 51.1.6.0_user_516009820, while the Fire TV Stick has updated to version 54.1.2.0_user_120060220. In addition to available features and changes, this software update contains remnants of several unreleased features that will be arriving on Fire TV devices in the near future. Read more ›

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Only bug fixes with latest Fire TV 51.1.5.3 & Fire TV Stick 54.1.1.3 software updates

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Earlier this week, Amazon Fire TVs began receiving software update 51.1.5.3_user_515040320 and Fire TV Sticks began receiving software update 54.1.1.3_user_110045520. Neither update has added new features to either device. Amazon has officially labeled these updates as bug fixes. As usually, there’s no word on which bugs have been fixed. Comparing the current software package to the previous one reveals that the Fire TV’s appstore, Bluetooth component, and input device backend have been modified with this latest update. Additionally, as with most updates, several system framework components have been updated. Be sure to let us know if you’ve noticed any specific resolved issues.

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Overview of the new X-Ray feature on the Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick

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Amazon slipped in a sleeping new feature with the last Fire TV update that they just woke up today. The new feature adds their X-Ray capabilities, first introduced on their Fire tablets, to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. X-Ray provides additional information about the actors, characters, and music in the movie or show that you’re currently watching through Amazon Instant Video. Here is an overview of the new X-Ray feature. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick update adds “Favorites” to Photo Section and bug fixes

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A couple weeks ago, the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick received their most feature packed update yet. A few days ago we saw the release of a new minor update for both devices. These new updates consist primarily of bug fixes but Amazon did slip in one new feature to the Photos section. You can now mark photos as favorites. Here is an overview of the new update. Read more ›

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Overview of Fire TV Software Update 51.1.5.0

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The Fire TV has just received arguably its largest update since its release nearly one year ago. This update, version 51.1.5.0_user_515020820, includes numerous features that have long been requested by users. Amazon has shown, with this update, that they’ve been listening to Fire TV owners and really taking into consideration your suggestions. Here is the massive overview of all the new features and changes included in the latest Fire TV software update. Read more ›

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Overview of Fire TV Stick Software Update 54.1.1.0

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick has just received its first major update since its launch last year. This update prepares the Fire TV Stick for its international debut and adds several new features. The new update carries version number 54.1.1.0_user_110035420 and is slowly making its way out to all devices. Here is a complete overview of everything that has changed with the Fire TV Stick’s latest software update. Read more ›

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Latest Fire TV and Fire TV Stick updates bring bug fixes and no new features

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The latest software updates, version 51.1.4.3 for the Fire TV and version 54.1.0.3 for the Fire TV Stick, are currently making their way out to all Fire TV devices. If you haven’t received the update yet, be patient as you’ll receive it eventually. I’ve had a chance to compare these new updates with the previous version on both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick and have been unable to find any visible changes to either device.

Amazon has just updated their Fire TV and Fire TV Stick software pages to reflect these new updates and have listed “Bug Fixes” as the only change. I was expecting Windows 8.1 Miracast support to be added with this update, but it doesn’t look like that’s the case. The Fire TV Stick product page still lists the feature as “coming soon.” Due to a power surge taking out my Windows PC, I’m unable to verify that Windows 8.1 Miracast support was not added with this update. If you get a chance to test mirroring a Windows 8.1 PC or find any changes with these updates, be sure to let us know in the comments.

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Fire TV update 51.1.4.2 also adds no new features or UI changes

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Much like the latest Fire TV Stick update, the new Amazon Fire TV software update, version 51.1.4.2_user_514015320, that is currently rolling out to devices makes no visible changes to the Fire TV. I initially speculated that this new update would bring the promised HBO search integration, but it turns out a software update is no longer required to add additional search sources. Fire TVs running the previous software version are also getting HBO results within voice and text searches.

This wasn’t always the case. When Amazon added Crackle and Showtime search integration with the 51.1.3.0 update, the previous software version distinclty lacked the new search sources. At some point since 51.1.3.0, Amazon must have added in the ability to update search sources dynamically without the need of a full software update. All indication is that this Fire TV update and its sister Fire TV Stick update seem to only make changes behind the scenes.

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Amazon has officially listed the features of this update to be “Bug Fixes” and nothing else.

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Fire TV Stick update 54.1.0.2 adds no new features or UI changes

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The latest Amazon Fire TV Stick software update, version 54.1.0.2_user_102018720, which began rolling out to devices earlier this week appears to make no changes to the devices user interface. I’ve compared this latest version side-by-side with the previous version and was unable to find a single difference. This isn’t the first time Amazon has released an update that only made back end changes, as the Fire TV has received several updates in the past with no visible changes. Amazon has lately been better about providing a small bit of information on their software page regarding what an update brings. They have yet to update the Fire TV Stick’s software page to reflect this new software version, so we’ll have to wait and see if they mention any changes once the page is updated. If I missed something and you’ve noticed a change in this update, be sure to mention it in the comments section, and I’ll update this post accordingly.

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Amazon has officially listed the features of this update to be “Bug Fixes” and nothing else. It appears the primary bug fix has to do with video playback.

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Overview of Fire TV Stick Software Update 54.1.0.1_user_101016220

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In conjunction with the release of the Fire TV Stick, Amazon simultaneously released the devices first update, taking the device from version 54.1.0.0_user_100211520 to version 54.1.0.1_user_101016220. If you’re blocking updates to maximize future rooting possibilities and wanted to know what you’re missing out on, or if you’re just curious what Amazon left out of the release units, then read on for an overview of what the Fire TV Stick’s first update adds. Read more ›

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Overview of Fire TV Software Update 51.1.4.1_user_514013920

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The release of the Amazon Fire TV Stick has brought with it a new update, version 51.1.4.1_user_514013920, to the Fire TV. This new update is currently making its way out to Fire TVs everywhere. Read on for an overview of the new features and changes this update brings. Read more ›

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Overview of Fire TV Software Update 51.1.4.0_user_514006420

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With the release of the Amazon Fire TV in the UK we saw the release of a new software version. This new update, version 51.1.4.0_user_514006420, is now starting to makes its way to Fire TVs outside the UK. Read on for an overview of the changes this update brings. Read more ›

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Overview of Fire TV Software Update 51.1.3.0_user_513011520

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A new software update for the Amazon Fire TV started rolling out to devices yesterday. Unlike the previous update which rolled out very slowly to only a small number of devices and then stopped, this update appears to be rolling out much faster. This update is expected to eventually make its way to all Fire TVs since Amazon has made this update official by listing it on their official software page, which is something they don’t do for every update.

For the most part, this update brings very few changes to the Fire TV. The most notable change is that this update is the first widespread update which blocks the current rooting method. Other then that, this update is primarily polishing up the settings menu and preparing the Fire TV for this weeks German release. Read on for a complete list, with screenshots, of all the changes I’ve discovered in this update. Read more ›

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