On the very same day Amazon UK has announced Fire TV Stick availability, Amazon.com has confirmed the Fire TV Box is due an extremely welcome software update.
One of the major drawbacks of the device, on release, was the lack of available storage but the update will unlock the USB port to allow for storage devices to be attached. Looking at the release, it would seem this will exclusively apply to downloaded apps and games, rather than allowing for media access and playback but, still, this is excellent news.
It’s due, according to Amazon, in the coming weeks, and will also allow for connection of Bluetooth audio devices and captive portal support, which will be very useful for frequent travellers who wouldn’t have been otherwise able to get their streamer on the hotel network. This is a first in the product category and it gives the Stick, in particular, an advantage over the likes of Roku or the Chromecast.
Here’s the full release:
“Expandable USB storage on Amazon Fire TV—You can now use a connected USB mass storage device to expand your Fire TV storage for downloaded apps and games—this enables you to have more games downloaded for easy access.”
“Connect to your hotel or dorm room Wi-Fi with captive portal support out of the box—Take your favorite movies, TV shows, games, and more with you away from home—Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are the first streaming media devices to enable you to connect to Wi-Fi that requires web authentication—this includes Wi-Fi at most major hotels, as well as some universities.”
“Private listening on Fire TV—Enjoy favorite movies and TV shows after the kids go to sleep, without worrying about waking them up. Support for wireless Bluetooth headphones to Fire TV lets you listen to your movie, TV show, or music without bothering others in your household.”
“Browse and search Prime Playlists—Prime members can now take advantage of hand-crafted Prime Music playlists directly from Fire TV and Fire TV Stick—there are hundreds of expertly curated Prime Playlists to choose from based on your mood, activity or even artist or decade of choice.”
“Hidden PIN entry—With the new PIN entry screen that hides the numbers selected, you can now make sure your kids (or freeloading friends) can't see your device PIN as you enter it on-screen to confirm a purchase on Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.”
“New shortcuts—Quickly put your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick to sleep or enable display mirroring by pressing and holding the Home button on your remote.”
Good news for Fire TV owners but would you like to have seen more...
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