If you have not turned on your Fire TV today you may want to go check it. A new Fire TV update is rolling out tonight that is bringing a new revamped user interface. A Cord Cutters News reader sent us the following image of his Fire TV:
Here is what we know about the update:
The update is to Fire OS 126.96.36.199 (565189620) If you have a lower number it is the old version.
Amazon’s Statement on The New Fire TV & Fire Stick OS
Coming later this year, a free software update for Fire TV will give customers a new OS. Fire TV will present a cinematic experience, offering video trailers and content screenshots to help customers access the content they want more quickly—without the need to open and close multiple apps. Finding and enjoying apps and games will be simplified with support for a customizable apps list on the home screen. Accessibility improvements will also be included, allowing customers to use Fire TV and any compatible apps with the VoiceView screen reader. These features will be available for all Fire TV customers as a free, over-the-air update, starting with the new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote and latest generation Fire TV later this year.
Now, thanks to AFTVnews.com, we can take closer look at the new OS.
Right of the bat you may get the feeling that this looks a lot like Android TV. It seems as though Amazon is taking some of the best of Android TV into their Fire TV OS.
Gone is the menu on the left for a new menu system on the top. The OS feels more colorful with less black space and more images and more of a blue feel.
There also seems to be a more prominent role for apps on the home screen.
The Fire TV OS should be rolling out over the next few weeks to all Fire TV devices.
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