Hands On With The New Fire TV User Interface

To see our hands on with the new Fire TV User Interface please watch the YouTube video at the top of this post.

This is the Fire OS (565189620) If you have a lower number it is the old version. You can try to force a update but Amazon seems to be very slowly rolling this out.

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.

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7 Responses to Hands On With The New Fire TV User Interface

  1. Don K December 13, 2016 at 9:47 pm #

    I’ve got four 2nd gen Fire TV’s and one 2nd gen Fire Stick and so far only the stick and one of the boxes have got the update. The two devices that have got the update are the two newest ones, so I’m wondering if they’re going newest to oldest by serial number.

    • Don K December 14, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

      Another one got the update today (12/14). I still think that Amazon is rolling out the updates in reverse order of age, because the two boxes that still have the old version are the first two that I purchased.

  2. ghanashyaml December 13, 2016 at 11:26 pm #

    Assuming that sideloading Kodi will not go away.

    • Don K December 13, 2016 at 11:46 pm #

      Nope, still works. I just sideloaded Kodi on my newest Stick, which upgraded last week. No problems.

      • ghanashyaml December 14, 2016 at 11:14 am #

        Thanks! I will update this weekend or maybe it auto-updates.

        • Don K December 14, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

          Apparently, you can’t force these updates. They seem to be rolling them out gradually. Three of my five devices still have the old version and if I check for updates on them, it doesn’t find one.

          • ghanashyaml December 15, 2016 at 10:41 am #

            Ok, I will see if I am lucky 🙂