Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick updates deliver new features
Media junkies these days have better options than ever before when it comes to getting online content onto their TV screens, with gadgets like Chromecast or Apple TV happy to connect our sets to more movies and TV than we could ever hope to watch. Amazon went after both those set-top box and HDMI dongle markets with the introduction of its Fire TV box and Fire TV Stick last year, perfect for consumers already invested in Amazon’s media libraries, either through their PCs or the company’s Fire-series Android devices. Today we get word of a significant update coming down for both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, improving compatibility with WiFi networks and introducing some new features.
The WiFi update allows these devices to connect to those annoying public WiFi APs that require web-based authentication, letting you watch your stories even when away from home. We also see new support for wireless Bluetooth headsets, as well as the ability to expand device storage by means of connecting USB flash drives.
On the UI side we get the introduction of new curated “Prime Playlists” for music listening, a more secure PIN-entry method, and introduction of new remote shortcuts.
Updates for both models should be hitting hardware “in the coming weeks.”