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 ›
The Fire TV has just received arguably its largest update since its release nearly one year ago. This update, version 220.127.116.11_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 ›
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 18.104.22.168_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 ›
The latest software updates, version 22.214.171.124 for the Fire TV and version 126.96.36.199 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.
Much like the latest Fire TV Stick update, the new Amazon Fire TV software update, version 188.8.131.52_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 184.108.40.206 update, the previous software version distinclty lacked the new search sources. At some point since 220.127.116.11, 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.
Amazon has officially listed the features of this update to be “Bug Fixes” and nothing else.
The latest Amazon Fire TV Stick software update, version 18.104.22.168_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.
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.
In conjunction with the release of the Fire TV Stick, Amazon simultaneously released the devices first update, taking the device from version 22.214.171.124_user_100211520 to version 126.96.36.199_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 ›
The release of the Amazon Fire TV Stick has brought with it a new update, version 188.8.131.52_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 ›
With the release of the Amazon Fire TV in the UK we saw the release of a new software version. This new update, version 184.108.40.206_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 ›
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 ›