Just a few days after the last software update for the Fire TV 3 made its way to most devices, another new update has just started rolling out. This latest update carries the same 18.104.22.168 version number as the last update, but its build number has increased from NS6212/916 to NS6212/918. A new update coming out so soon after the last is usually an indication that something was wrong with the last update or it didn’t fully fix an issue that was thought to be resolved.
Amazon still just says that these updates include “general improvements and bug fixes,” so there’s no way to know what they change without digging in and looking around ourselves. Amazon is likely just going through the list of issues that have surfaced since the Fire TV 3’s release and is fixing them. This is very similar to what happened when the Fire TV 2 was released, which saw the same pattern of rapid bug fix releases for several months.
Several people have reported that the last update fixed issues with Dolby Digital surround sound. The update prior to that seems to have fixed issues where the new Fire TV does not exit HDR mode after playing HDR content. Other reports say that stuttering in video apps, like Hulu, have now also been resolved. It would have obviously been ideal if the Fire TV 3 launched without these issues in the first place, but at least they’re being addressed quickly.