If you own any Fire TV products, Amazon is giving the user interface (UI) a new coat of paint. Along with a new look, you’ll get a few new features, including user profiles and an improved Alexa experience. The new user interface will roll out to Fire TV Stick (third generation) and Fire TV Stick Lite in the coming weeks, and on everything else next year.
While it’s not yet available on all streaming media (looking at you Chromecast and Roku), user profiles provide a pretty seamless experience, especially with improved Alexa integration. The voice assistant will now be able to both recognize and switch to your profile, as well as search for TV shows, movies, etc. Alexa also takes up less screen space when asking for basic tasks such as asking for the time. It will appear at the bottom, instead of taking up the entire screen.
The new user interface is also very neat. There is a new “home bar” at the top of the screen. This houses your Library, Home, Search, and Live tabs in addition to a list of your most used apps to the right. The Search tab is the most interesting because the search has been redesigned to better recommend movies and TV shows to you.
What’s more, the new update also includes picture-in-picture support, allowing you to continue watching your video without interruption while doing other things.
Amazon Fire TV lets you watch TV and movies from all major streaming platforms, including HBO Max and YouTube TV. As we mentioned above, the deployment is a bit strange. The Fire TV Stick (third generation) and Fire TV Stick Lite will get the update first, and everything else will see it early next year.
via The edge