Amazon has announced that a major new software update is rolling out to Fire TV devices right now. The update provides a new home screen and support for six different individual users. There’s also a new Alexa voice remote with shortcuts to Disney Plus and Netflix.
The refurbishment was originally announced in September, but was limited to newer Four TV units. Now they will have access to the upgrade with a Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Stick (3rd generation), Fire TV Cube (1st and 2nd generation) and Fire TV (3rd generation).
Amazon says that the “new Fire TV experience”
Member of a large household? Separate user profiles now give each person recommendations on what to look for. And if you set up a voice profile, Alexa will automatically recognize your voice and switch to your individual profile. Nice.
As for the new Fire TV remote control, it looks a lot like a Roku remote control. There is now a button to access a live TV guide and a blue ‘Alexa’ button at the top, for users who want to search for TV shows using voice commands. Amazon has generously added four shortcuts to streaming services such as Prime Video, Netflix, Disney Plus and Hulu.
The new remote control will be available from April 14 in the US, with the option to purchase it separately, for those who want to upgrade their existing Fire TV remote control. There is no news on when the remote control will hit the UK, but we expect a global rollout later this year.
At this point, with a Fire TV smart TV (2nd generation) or Fire TV Stick (2nd generation), they may be wondering why they have been left out. Good news – Amazon has promised to launch the new features “later this year”, but it looks like there are no plans to bring the software to older Fire TV devices. If you’re considering an upgrade, here’s this week’s best Fire TV Stick offer.
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