New Fire TV software update changes the way you arrange Apps and Channels

A new software update has started to roll out to Amazon Fire TV devices. The only change I’ve found so far with this update is a change to how apps you have installed and the channels you are subscribed to are arranged on both the home screen and the app grid. The option to move items has been replaced with a new option to pin items to the front of your list of apps and channels. This has been done because new apps you install and new channels you subscribe to will now automatically appear at the front of your list of apps and channels, making them easier to find. Pinning an app or channel gives it priority over new items and keeps it at the front of the list. Read more ›

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Most Fire TV devices updated to remove incorrectly added Dynamic Range Settings

A set of new software updates have been rolling out over the last couple of weeks to nearly all Amazon Fire TV models. These updates remove the option to change the Dynamic Range setting on the device, which was incorrectly added with the last software update. The only model that hasn’t received these updates is the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, because it is the only one that can have its HDR settings modified. Read more ›

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All older Fire TV and Fire TV Stick models are getting a software update to catch them up with the newer Fire TVs

The Amazon Fire TV Cube and the Fire TV Stick 4K have received a few software updates during the past few weeks, but now a new set of updates has started rolling out to older devices that bring their operating system up to pace with the newer Fire TV models. All Fire OS 5 models, which includes the Fire TV 1, Fire TV 2, Fire TV Stick 1, Fire TV Stick 2, and the 1st-generation Fire TV Edition televisions from Westinghouse and Element are being updated to software version 5.2.6.8 with a build number of 630508320. Fire OS 6 devices, which include the Fire TV 3, Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick 4K, and 2nd-generation Fire TV Edition televisions from Toshiba and Insignia are being updated to software version 6.2.5.8 with a build value of NS6258/1604. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K receives first software update since launch with audio fixes and improved DVR options

A new software update is currently rolling out for the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. This is the first updated the new streamer has received since it launched a month and a half ago. The update brings the operating system up to version 6.2.5.8, which is the same version that the Fire TV Cube recently received, but the Fire TV Stick 4K has a slightly different build value of NS6258/1604. Amazon has not yet said anything about this update, but several customers are reporting that it has fixed an audio dropout issue that they were experiencing with the Fire TV Stick 4K. The update also modifies the Fire TV Recast menus slightly to make it easier to manage DVR settings and recorded content. Read more ›

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NVIDIA Shield TV receives Amazon Music app and more in latest v7.2 software updated

NVIDIA has rolled out software update 7.2 for their Shield TV this week. This updated adds the new Amazon Music app that popped up in the Google Play Store earlier this month. The update also adds customizable quick settings, support for 5.1 surround sound on YouTube, and more. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Cube to support Multi-Room Music and Alexa Follow-Up Mode

Amazon is on an Alexa improvement kick with the Amazon Fire TV Cube that has been bringing formerly Echo-exclusive features to the streaming device. The Fire TV Cube gained support for Alexa Announcements earlier this month and now Amazon has announced that the next update will add support for multi-room music and Alexa follow-up mode. Multi-room music support will make it possible to sync music playback on the Fire TV Cube with all other whole-home audio capable Alexa devices, such as the Amazon Echo speaker line up. Follow-up mode allows the Fire TV Cube to continue listening after responding to a voice command so that customers don’t need to repeat the wake word before follow-up requests. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV Cube can now send and receive Alexa Announcements and adjust TV volume by specific increments

A new 6.2.5.7 software update is rolling out to all Amazon Fire TV Cubes. The update adds a pair of very handy new capabilities. The first is support for Alexa Announcements, which allow customers to both send and receive voice messages on their Fire TV Cube that get broadcasted across all Echos, Fire TV Cubes, and compatible 3rd-party Alexa devices in your home. The second new feature allows customers to increase or decrease the volume of their TV, soundbar, or AV receiver in increments of up to 25 units with a single voice command. Read more ›

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Amazon Fire TV 2 and older Fire TV Edition televisions have received a new software update

A new software update has rolled out to the 2nd-gen Amazon Fire TV and the 1st-gen Fire TV Edition televisions by Element and Westinghouse. The new update uses the same 5.2.6.7 version number as the previous software update, but it increases the build number to 623530020. Strangely, the 1st-gen Fire TV and both Fire TV Sticks, which are the other models running Fire OS 5, have not received this new update. Read more ›

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Fire TV Cube and Fire TV 3 (Pendant) receiving new Software Update

The Amazon Fire TV Cube and Fire TV 3 (pendant) are currently receiving a new software update. The update carries the same 6.2.5.5 version number as the previous update, but has a new build number of 1628. Amazon has not yet updated their Fire TV Software Page to include this new version, but, since the version number hasn’t changed, it likely only contains bug fixes. Given the proximity of this release to the release of the Fire TV Recast, it’s probably safe to assume that this update makes improvements to the new DVR menu in Fire OS. I haven’t noticed any obvious changes myself, but if you do, please mention them in the comments below.

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Two new television power control options added to the Amazon Fire TV Cube

The new 6.2.5.5 software update is turning out to be a fairly significant one for the Amazon Fire TV Cube. It has added voice-navigation within apps like Netflix, support for the Fire TV Recast, and support for Frame Rate Matching. In addition to those changes, there are a pair of new equipment control options that change the way the Fire TV Cube behaves when turning your TV on or off. Read more ›

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