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Amazon Fire TV Product Releases

Fire App Builder 1.0.7 Released

January 16, 2017. Fire App Builder version 1.0.7 was released. You can see the 1.0.7 release notes here. The most notable feature is Alexa integration for media playback. Other significant enhancements include support for clicks on VAST ads (through a MiniBrowser component), support for Brightcove media player, a Continue Watching row on app's home screen, an Add to Watchlist button on media playback, and more. There were also some bug fixes related to the default package name and some manifest permissions. The release notes link to doc pages with more information.

Amazon Fire TV Stick Basic Edition Released

November 7, 2017. Fire TV Stick Basic Edition was released. See the official announcement here and the Appstore blog post. Fire TV Stick Basic Edition brings media streaming and the Amazon Fire TV experience to a global audience, including Canada, France, Italy, and Spain and more than 100 countries and territories (see the full list here). Brazil and Mexico will be included soon. Customers can set their default language as Spanish, Italian, French, Brazilian Portuguese, German, or English.

The near global availability of Fire TV Stick Basic Edition means more potential customers for your Android app or game when you publish it on Amazon Appstore and target Fire TV. If you've set your app's availability as "In all countries and regions where Amazon sells apps", no extra work is required to target the new marketplaces. However, if you've chosen to make your app available in only specific countries, you will need to select the new marketplaces accordingly.

From a hardware perspective, the specs for Fire TV Stick (Gen 2) and Fire TV Stick Basic Edition are largely the same except that the Basic Edition doesn’t ship with an Alexa Voice Remote. The user interface in Basic Edition is also simplified and more app-centric. Fire TV Stick (Gen 2) is available in US, UK, Germany, Japan, and India, whereas Basic Edition is available outside these areas in more than 100 countries or territories.

Amazon Fire TV (Gen 3) Announced

September 27, 2017. Fire TV (Gen 3) was announced. (See Fire TV naming conventions for details on device names.) Fire TV (Gen 3) provides the latest release for the Fire TV line of devices. With the Gen 3 release, the form factor of the device changed from a set-top box to a more portable pendant (small box) that connects to an HDMI at the back of your TV. The media capabilities offer both 4K@60fps and HDR, along with Dolby Atmos. The device no longer offers an expandable microSD card, and the USB port is only for power and Ethernet (with an adapter), not to interface with your computer (you'll need to connect to ADB wirelessly).

The most significant update is the Fire operating system. This is the first (and so far only) Fire TV device to run Fire OS 6, which is based on Android Nougat (API level 25) instead of Lollipop (API level 22). See the following for documentation updates details:

Fire TV Edition Released

May 16, 2017. Fire TV Edition was released. Fire TV Edition is a 4K Ultra HD television with Fire TV built-in. Fire TV Edition is similar to a TV with Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, with some additional features in the user interface. For example, with Fire TV Edition, you can:

  • Toggle between inputs (and see a preview of the input prior to switching).
  • See all live content on a row called "On Now".
  • Select over-the-air (antenna) content.
  • Use your voice to control volume, power, and other TV features.

Fire TV Edition's remote controller includes 6 new buttons (power, volume up, volume down, Netflix, Amazon Video, and Amazon Music), and more. See the full description of Fire TV Edition on Amazon.com for more details.

Your app works the same on Fire TV Edition as with other Fire TV devices, so there's no impact to third-party apps except for wider visibility of your content through this new device and market. See the Fire TV Edition FAQ for more details about apps and Fire TV Edition.

Fire App Builder 1.0.2 Released (and 1.0.3, 1.0.4)

April 6, 2017. Fire App Builder version 1.0.2 was recently released. The main feature includes the ability to send recommendations to the "Recommended By Your Apps" row on the Amazon Fire TV home screen. You can send a list of global recommendations when your app starts, or individual recommendations when a user plays a specific video. For details, see Recommendations in Fire App Builder Overview.

Many other fixes and enhancements were made, such as adding events tracked in analytics, support for XML feeds, and a smarter Login/Logout button. New documentation includes a tutorial on configuring MRSS feeds, several topics on how to send recommendations, and a topic on submitting your app to the Appstore. You can view the 1.0.2 release notes here. For more information, see Fire App Builder.

Update: Version 1.0.3 and Version 1.0.4 were follow-up releases with minor fixes.

Fire TV Stick Gen 2 Available in UK and Germany

Feb 21, 2017. The Fire TV Stick Gen 2 (officially called the "Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote) is now available the UK and Germany. It will also be available in Japan this April. For more details, see the All-New Fire TV Stick to Hit Shelves in the UK, Germany, and Japan.

Amazon Fire TV Documentation Updates

The following table lists significant updates or new pages to the general Amazon Fire TV documentation. Updates related to Fire App Builder, Web App Starter Kit for Fire TV, or Amazon Creator are provided in the release notes section of their documentation.

Date Page Details
March 14, 2017 Cordova plugin for Fire TV Catalog Integration The Cordova plugin for Fire TV Catalog Integration makes it possible to integrate your HTML5 webapp with the Fire TV catalog. By integrating with Fire TV Catalog, users can perform voice searches for media in your app, and the Fire TV search results will show your app's content.
March 8, 2017 Getting Started Developing Apps Included links to Fire TV ebook and to Amazon Creator.
March 8, 2017 Development Framework Comparison Included Amazon Creator in the content, including comparisons in the table.
March 8, 2017 What's New Removed Fire App Builder updates, as these are contained in the [Fire App Builder Release Notes](../fire-app-builder/release-notes-version-1-0-7.html). Also removed notes about updates from 2016.
November 8, 2017 Fire TV specifications Specifications for Fire TV Stick Basic Edition added.
November 3, 2017 Fire TV specifications CPU details for all Fire TV devices (which run Fire OS) updated with "Supports 32-bit apps."
October 13, 2017 Site theme update for docs pages The web pages for docs were updated to match branding of other site pages. Backend processes for authoring and publishing docs were completely retooled with a docs-as-code process. This new authoring/publishing framework will make it easier to publish doc updates in a quicker, more consistent and uniform way.
October 13, 2017 Debug Your Web App Updates to the doc to match updates in the Web App Tester tool.
September 28, 2017 Fire TV Device Specifications Linked to Bluetooth profile for each device to provide supported profiles.
September 28, 2017 "Audio Focus" section in Developer Tools

"Naming Conventions" section in Get Started

Fire OS Overview updates

"Remove uses-amzn-sdk" from App Manifest" section in Targeting Amazon Devices

Updates related to Fire TV (Gen 3) release
September 27, 2017 Developing for Amazon Fire TV Devices Running Fire OS 6

Fire TV Device Specifications

Identify Amazon Fire TV Devices

Audio and Video Synchronization

New docs for Fire TV (Gen 3) release
May 16, 2017 Fire TV Device Specifications

Fire TV Edition FAQ

Identify Fire TV Devices

Playing 4K Ultra HD Videos on Fire TV

Documentation updates related to Fire TV Edition.
May 8, 2017 Recommendations FAQ Recommendations questions and answers.
March 10, 2017 Recommendations Overview

Send Recommendations that Include Amazon Enhancements

Test Your Recommendations

Best Practices with Recommendations

New documentation on how to send recommendations to a row called "Recommended By Your Apps" on the Fire TV home screen.
March 5, 2017 Documentation index page. The top navigation bar of the Developer Portal now includes a Docs link that provides an index to all documentation on the Developer Portal.

Amazon Fire TV Blog Updates

You can follow the latest news about Fire TV by reading the Fire TV category on the blog.