Faster processor and dual-band WiFi among upgrades to Fire TV Stick
Amazon announced today an all Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, will begin shipping on Oct. 20 for $39.99
The new steaming stick will have a quad-core 1.3 GHz Mediatek processor, and upgraded connectivity. For those with a dual-band router, note that the new Fire Stick has a dual-band 802.11ac MIMO Wi-Fi. Dual-band capability should certainly cut back on potential lag.
The previous generation of the Fire TV Stick had a 1Ghz dual core processor, so the latest upgrade is quite a jump in speed. We also noticed on the product page today that Ethernet connectivity is “optional”, which could be a big deal for people using a Fire TV Stick for live streaming services like PlayStation Vue and Sling TV.
Amazon said in a statement today that the new Fire Stick is up to 30 percent faster than the original best-selling version.
Eligible customers who purchase and activate their device by October 31 will also receive a free content package worth up to $65, including one month of Sling TV, two months of Hulu (Limited Commercials), and a $10 credit for Amazon Video to rent or purchase new releases or old favorites.
New Fire TV Software Update to Make Browsing and Finding Content Easier
Coming later this year, a free software update for Fire TV will give customers a new on-screen experience. Amazon said in a statement that the update will make finding what to watch next even easier and more enjoyable.
Fire TV will present a cinematic experience, offering video trailers and content screenshots to help customers access the content they want more quickly – without the need to open and close multiple apps.
Finding and enjoying apps and games will be easier too with new support for a customizable apps list on the home screen. Accessibility improvements will also be included, allowing customers to use Fire TV and any compatible apps with the VoiceView screen reader. These features will be available for all Fire TV customers as a free, over-the-air update, starting with the new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote and latest generation Fire TV later this year.
The all-new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is available for pre-order beginning today for $39.99, and will start shipping to customers on October 20. Click here to check out more the specs and details.