The New Amazon Fire TV UI Is Now Available on More Devices
We have some good news today, folks! Amazon is bringing the redesigned cool new Fire TV user interface to even more devices now. A new blog post revealed that Amazon plans to roll out the new interface to more of its streaming devices, including the 3rd Gen Fire TV, Fire TV stick, and Firestick 4K. We are hopeful that this update will make its way to Fire TV smart TVs and the second-gen of FireTV Stick later this year. The new UI was revealed back in December 2020, but the release was restricted to Fire TV Stick Lite and 3rd gen FireTV Stick only.
Redesigned Home Screen, Personalized Profiles, More
There’s plenty to unpack in the new user interface. Amazon has made several changes in the interface and added cool new features to elevate the streaming experience. Starting with the home page that has been totally revamped, you can now find what you want to stream more easily. The main menu has been shifted right to the center of the home screen. The menu bar is slightly thinner than it was before. It also provides quick access to your favorite Live TV channels and other favorite apps.
Whenever you scroll over to an application, it gives you a preview of streamable content on that app. From this preview, you can jump right away to the content that you want to stream. You can add up to six apps up front for quick access. Parents can also create a Kids profile with the help of Amazon Kids. This way, they can ensure that the kids’ stream only limited and kids-friendly content. However, this new feature is available only in the USA. We hope Amazon makes it available in other territories as well.
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Find function has also undergone a revamp. You can now quickly browse between different apps to find something interesting to stream.
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Let’s take a look at major changes in detail.
A New Main Menu
Previously, the main menu was slightly hidden at the top of the screen. Remember? In the new main menu, it’s right at the center of the screen. This gives you quick access to several features, including the Find function, your entire library of subscribed content (i.e., your watchlist), and up to 6 shortcuts to your often-used applications. The gear icon (settings menu) retains its spot in the new menu, which makes sense. The only problem we see here is you are limited to adding only six apps to the main menu. If you want to add more, you are out of luck.
Peek into Apps
Now, when you scroll over to your app shortcuts, you can clearly see the entire list of titles an app provides. It shows you movies, tv shows, and other streaming content from that app. You don’t even have to open the app to see what’s available. Cool feature, right? To give you an idea, as you can see, when we scroll over to Netflix, it shows a list of Netflix titles. You can jump straight onto these titles without clicking on the Netflix app. The same holds true for all the rest of the apps Disney Plus, Prime Video, and Hulu, etc.
Improved Search / Find
In the new main menu, the Find/Search feature has also improved. The Find tab now combines your regular search function. You can search with the help of your voice (only if you have the voice remote, duh!) or by opting for the virtual keypad. There’s also a new Find screen on the UI. It lets you browse through the content or discover new streaming content by categories (or genres such as Drama, Action, Sci-Fi, etc.). Here, you can also quickly access Amazon’s app store, giving you even more FireStick apps.
Improved Fire TV Profiles
Personalized user profiles? Yay! Finally, In the New UI, Fire TV profiles take a much more central stage. They are more visible and easy to access. You can also select different emojis and icons for your profiles instead of using the old boring icons you used previously. As we discussed earlier, parents can now set up a Kids profile on the streaming device to ensure their kids watch only family-friendly content. On user profiles, you can now set different types of watchlists and have a watch history to get personalized recommendations on the basis of what you previously watched.
New Firestick Interface
If your device hasn’t updated yet and you are wondering how you too can get the update, we have your back. Below is a step-by-step guide to finish the software update for the new interface.
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Step 1: On your Firestick home page, navigate to My Fire TV, as you can see below, by first clicking on that gear icon in the menu bar.
Step 2: Now, go to the About option and “Check for Updates.”
If the update is available for your device, Firestick will start the update process. Depending on the speed of your internet, it can take several minutes.
In case you see a screen “Introducing the All-New User Experience” on your FireStick, here’s how to proceed and install the new update.
Step 1: First of all, click on Got It.
Step 2: Next, click on the gear icon in the top right corner of the screen. It will have a small notification dot.
Step 3: Now, click on the Notifications box
Step 4: Select “Forced App Updater.” Dismiss the prompt if Firestick shows you one.
Step 5: Again, return to the Settings option and navigate to the “My Fire TV” option.
Step 6: Now go to About, as you can see below
Step 7: Select the option saying ”Install Update.”
That’s all. You will now have to wait for the update to finish. Enjoy the new user experience.
Once you are done updating, we recommend reading on below our popular Jailbreak Your Firestick tutorial
Jailbreak Your Firestick
What is Jailbreak?
Jailbreaking is the process by which we remove Amazon’s restrictions on their devices to install third-party apps. Since not all apps are available on the official Amazon app store, we recommend jailbreaking Firestick to increase possibilities of what we can do with this little streaming device. Plus, it’s totally legal.
It is pertinent to mention that jailbreaking Firestick is different from jailbreaking any other electronic device. This is because we aren’t installing any modified firmware (or OS) on this device. Instead, we are merely changing a small feature in the device’s settings to “allow third-party apps.”
Why Jailbreak your Firestick?
Firestick is powered by Android. It’s the most popular OS in the world, with over 2 billion active users. Due to this popularity, there are literally millions of apps available in the market (often called APKs). However, not all of them are available on the official app store – especially the ones that provide free content are often excluded from the app store.
So, we can sideload them from third-party websites and enjoy free movies, TV shows, documentaries, Live TV channels, sports, news, and whatnot. On a jailbroken Firestick, you can even get Kodi – the most popular open-source media center today.
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Protect Your Streaming Experience using a VPN
What is a VPN?
A VPN is a virtual private network. It gives you online anonymity and privacy by creating a private network for you on a public internet connection. A VPN masks your IP address. Therefore your online activity remains virtually untraceable. Most importantly, a VPN server gives you a safe and encrypted line for greater privacy than compared to a secure Wifi hotspot.
Why use a VPN?
When you are surfing the internet, you expose your private information to your government, your ISP (internet service provider), and third parties who might be interested in knowing what you do online (e.g., hackers). That is why a VPN is a must-have for anyone concerned about their online security.
Think about all the times you have been on the go while browsing the internet. Reading emails in the queue, googling something at the coffee shop, or checking your financial details while waiting for the doctor’s appointment, any data transmitted is vulnerable to eavesdropping. A VPN not only protects you in all of these scenarios but also keeps your browsing (and streaming) hidden from the prying eyes.
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New Fire TV Experience Is Coming to These Fire TV Devices
According to Amazon, the new Fire OS experience will only be available for devices that meet minimum performance requirements. This includes the following devices:
- Fire TV Stick (3rd Generation)
- Fire TV Stick Lite
- Fire TV Stick 4K
- Fire TV Cube (1st Generation)
- Fire TV Cube (2nd Generation)
- Fire TV (3rd Generation, Pendant design)
Amazon also announced that the support for the new UI will be coming to the following devices later this year.
- Fire TV Stick (2nd Generation)
- Fire TV Smart TVs
Unfortunately, the following devices have been excluded from the update due to their outdated hardware specifications.
- Fire TV Stick
- Fire TV (1st Generation)
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Table of Contents
- 1 The New Amazon Fire TV UI Is Now Available on More Devices
- 1.1 Redesigned Home Screen, Personalized Profiles, More
- 1.2 New Firestick Interface
- 1.3 Jailbreak Your Firestick
- 1.4 Protect Your Streaming Experience using a VPN
- 1.5 New Fire TV Experience Is Coming to These Fire TV Devices