Amazon has announced a new version of the Fire TV Stick at a private hardware event. It also comes with the Fire TV Stick Lite, which will cost just $ 30. The home screen of the Fire TV operating system will also receive a major update in the fall.
Fire TV Stick and TV Stick Lite
The new version of the Fire TV Stick gets the same price as its predecessor, namely $ 40. In the Netherlands, the euro price is currently a bit higher, so it remains to be seen what price it will receive here. Amazon also announced the TV Stick Lite, which is a tenner cheaper. According to the manufacturer, the Fire TV Stick Lite offers the most powerful streaming experience in its price range. Both devices have been updated with improved streaming quality on HD resolution. The HDR display would also be a lot better than in previous models. Support of Dolby Atmos surround sound reproduction is also provided.
The Fire TV Stick Lite is said to be a bit slower than the regular version in terms of starting up and switching between apps. The remote control that comes with the TV Stick Lite also lacks volume buttons and a mute button. However, both support searches and commands via Alexa, which still does not speak Dutch. The Amazon Fire TV Stick and TV Stick Lite will be released in the US on September 30, but when we can expect them here is not yet known.
Fire TV overhauled
Amazon also announced a major update to the Fire TV interface. The update adds individual user profiles and favorites, among other things. In addition, navigating through the menus should be faster and easier. Support for USB cameras is coming, which is useful for the Zoom app that will be released for the platform soon. Finally, there will be a kind of hub dedicated to Alexa, where users can find useful tips on how to use the digital assistant. Alexa will also be able to stay at the bottom of the screen to provide information about movies and series.