The new user interface, which is more personalized, was announced in September and began rolling out in December 2020 to some of its streaming devices (Fire TV Stick Lite and 3rd Gen Fire TV Stick) but will just be arriving for the Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube next month.
Some of the changes that the new UI brings include a profile selection screen. This is a feature that Android TV users have been demanding for years. Fire TV users will be able to create up to six different profiles, four of which can be kids’ profiles.
Another feature is the addition of a Find tab that opens up a card-based interface for categories and genres. By clicking on a genre, content related to that genre from multiple sources is presented to the user. This is not only faster but better than having to go through individual apps to find what to watch. The Find Tab sits inside the Nav Bar at the top which has other tabs such as Library, Home, and Live, as well as your favorite apps.
Alexa is still an essential part of the experience and using it (voice) to find shows is faster than having to manually search for a show or movie. Of course, you can still use it to control compatible devices too.
There is no specific date for when the update will arrive on these two devices but if you own either of them, you should get a notification once the update lands on your device. The source also adds that the new user interface will be made available for TVs running Fire TV OS and older streaming devices in the coming months.
- No multi-user support yet but Chromecast with Google TV will get a Kids Profile
- Amazon to start making Fire TV Stick devices in India later this year
- You can now port Android TV to the 2018 Fire TV Stick 4K
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