One of the overlooked announcements this week from Amazon was a new operating system for the Fire TV.
The new Fire OS 6 will be coming to the new Fire TV that will be released in October. The new Fire OS 6 is based off of the Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system.
You likely won’t see a front-end change because Amazon recently updated the look of the Fire TV by moving the ads around and creating a slightly different look in September. It will also add many features that Roku recently rolled out to their Roku TVs and add the ability to record.
According to AFTVnews the new Fire OS 6 will allow Picture in Picture allowing videos to keep streaming even as you browse the menu. The Fire OS 6 will also allow the ability to pause rewind live streams. Lastly, you will also be able to record video likely for the over the air TV on the Fire TV and maybe even for live streams. Details are still thing and you can learn more over at AFTVnews.com.
Amazon has started to inform app developers of a few possible issues with the new Fire OS 6 and asked them to make sure their audio and video playback will be synced with the new Fire OS 6 roll out.
At this time Amazon has not said if or when older Fire TV models will get the update to the Fire OS 6. The new Fire tablets are still running the Fire OS 5 but it should be expected that they will also update to the new OS sometime this year.
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