Today announced the launch of a new software update for the Amazon Fire TV.
This new update is available to download and install on the Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick today and brings a number of new features to both of the TV boxes that should make it easier and better to use.
This new software update comes with the version number Fire OS 126.96.36.199.
You can install it today be heading over to Settings and then Device and then About. From here you should look for the Software Version section and click on the Check for Software Update button to begin the check for the update and the install process alongside it.
And once installed, you will get a particularly cool feature that will allow you to use any Alexa enabled device to control your Fire TV.
Basically, this means that you can use the Amazon Echo, the Amazon Echo Dot or a third-party Alexa device to control what your Fire TV shows in a similar way to how Google Home controls Google’s Chromecast devices.
Here’s the full list of features in the update:
- Fire TV now features a data monitoring tool you can use to get dynamic information about the amount of Internet data your device is using for apps and streaming services. You can choose your preferred video quality for Amazon Video streaming, set data alerts, and view monthly data usage for your apps.
- A PIN Protect Prime Photos App option has been added to Fire TV parental controls preferences. With this setting turned ON, you’re prompted to enter your PIN before you can open the Prime Photos app for Fire TV. You can use this option if you only want to block access to the Prime Photos app, and your photos/personal videos from Amazon Drive.
- The new “Recommended by Your Apps” row on the Home screen features content recommendations (e.g. for movies, TV shows, apps, games, music, audiobooks, and news) from supported apps installed on your Fire TV. Select an item from the row to see which app made the recommendation, or press the Menu button on your remote to view available options. The “Recommended by Your Apps” row won’t show on your Home screen if you have parental controls enabled for your Fire TV.
You can find out more information about this new update for the Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick at the source link below.