Apps & Software

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick update adds USB storage, Bluetooth headphone support

New features are coming to both the Amazon Fire TV and the Fire TV Stick thanks to a scheduled update. Amazon announced a few of the new features that will be available to the best-selling Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick in a statement released to the press today. These features will be delivered as part of a free, over-the-air software update in the coming weeks. Amazon also announced today that Fire TV Stick is now available in the UK and Germany, joining the #1-selling streaming media box, Amazon Fire TV.

“Customer response to Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick has been overwhelming—we’ve been working hard to build more of both as quickly as possible, and we’re excited to be adding new features we think customers will love,” said Peter Larsen, Vice President, Amazon Devices. “In the UK and Germany, Fire TV is already the best-selling streaming media box on Amazon, and we’re thrilled to be bringing our fastest-selling Amazon device ever—Fire TV Stick—to the UK and Germany. We think millions of customers in the UK and Germany are going to love this product.”

New features coming as part of the free, over-the-air software update include expandable USB storage on Amazon Fire TV. This will allow users to add a connected USB drive if they would like to expand their Fire TV storage. This would come in handy for downloaded apps or games. One of the more requested features is the captive portal support, which will allow customers to connect to dorm-rooms or hotel wifi that requires web authentication.

Customers will also be able to enable Private listening on Fire TV with added support for wireless Bluetooth headphones. There will also be a feature added so that Prime members will be able to browse hand-crafted Prime Music playlists directly from Fire TV and Fire TV Sticks.

Other updates included with the update included a hidden PIN entry, so that users can enter pins without prying eyes watching the screen, and the ability to put the devices to sleep or enable display mirroring by pressing and holding the Home button on their remotes.

more info: amazon.com