Amazon has announced that a major new software update is rolling out for Fire TV devices at this time. The update brings 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 review was originally announced in September, but was limited to the newer Fire TV devices. Now, those 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) will have access to the update.
Amazon says the “new Fire TV experience” makes it easy to access your favorite apps and that the new Search page now lets you search by genre and other categories. There are also cooking classes with Food Network Kitchen and daily fitness sessions with Peleton.
Member of a large household? Separate user profiles now give each person recommendations on what to watch. And if you set up a voice profile, Alexa will automatically recognize your voice and switch to your individual profile. Cute.
As for the new Fire TV remote, it looks a lot like a Roku remote. There is now a button to access a live TV guide and a blue ‘Alexa’ button near the top, for users who want to search for TV shows using voice commands. Amazon has generously added four shortcuts to streaming services like Prime Video, Netflix, Disney Plus, and Hulu.
The new remote will be available starting April 14 in the US, with the option to purchase it separately, for those who want to upgrade their existing Fire TV remote. There’s no word on when the remote will arrive in the UK, but we’d expect a global launch later in the year.
At this point, those with a Fire TV (2nd gen) or Fire TV Stick (2nd gen) smart TV may wonder why they’ve been left out. Good news: Amazon has promised to roll out the new features “later this year,” but there appear to be no plans to bring the software to older Fire TV devices. If you’re considering an upgrade, here are this week’s best Fire TV Stick deals.
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