New Amazon Fire TV interface on video
Devices compatible with the new Amazon interface
As we informed you a few months ago, Amazon was working on a renewed interface for these devices. This, in principle, would be dedicated to its latest releases such as the Fire TV Stick (2020) or the Fire TV Stick Lite. Now the catalog of compatible equipment, being able to update the following models:
- Amazon Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen)
- Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite
- Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
- Amazon Fire TV Cube
So far these are the computers of this family that can receive the update of this new interface. But, we have no doubt that little by little it will also reach older models and, of course, all new releases.
All about the new interface of the Fire TV
Now we move on with the true intention of this article. We want to give you a “guided tour” of this renewed view of Amazon Fire TVs, explain what is new and how you can get the most out of it.
The first thing you should know is that with this renovation the screen is divided into 3 different sections:
- Top panel– Featured content from series and movies that Amazon believes are relevant to you will be shown here. Above all, the content displayed here will be news that reaches the platform. Let’s say it acts as an “ad” screen.
- Main menu: this is the one in the central part of our television screen. In turn, this is divided into different sections that give us quick access to the main features and content that we can see on the Fire TV.
- Bottom panel: it is a dynamic screen that will change depending on the section in which we place ourselves from the main menu.
This, in a very general way, is the new aesthetic that Amazon brings to these equipment connected to television. Now we are going to take a closer look at each of them and what it gives us when using them.
Profile creation on Fire TV
One of the most anticipated features for these devices is the profiling for all home users. If you know what other systems offer such as Android TV or Google TV, or even if you are a Netflix user, you will know that this functionality is tremendously useful.
What it allows us to do, as its name suggests, is to establish different profiles of the same team and the same user account. Therefore, each of these will have your own recommendations depending on the series and movies you consume and, even, you can install different applications without these affecting other profiles.
For create these profiles We will only have to go to the user menu of the central bar (first icon on the left in the central bar) and, automatically, the lower panel will show us which ones have been created so far. If we want to add a new one, click on «Add profile» and follow the instructions.
Therefore, something extremely useful that we can do with this functionality is to create a profile for the little ones of the house. Then, within the settings for this user, set parental controls so that only content that suits their age is displayed.
A similar start menu
Just after the profiles section we will have the Start Menu which, once again, will be the one that appears every time we start the Fire TV. This has the same functionalities that it had in the previous version, adapting of course to the aesthetics of the new interface.
If we start to go down through it we will see different materials such as:
- Recommended movies and series.
- Recently used applications.
- Movies based on our tastes.
- Content that we are seeing and that, if we click on them, we will return to the point where we left off.
- Different types of series and movies grouped into categories.
Enhanced «Search» section in the new interface
The section that has been completely renovated including very interesting news is the menu of “Search”. Now we will have at the click of a button different sections and categories to enhance the user experience. For example, we can only search for movies or series, locate content on a specific topic such as comedy or science fiction, or have a “normal” search engine like the one that was already in the previous version.
From here we will have access to the «Appstore », that is, to the application store of the team. Or even to the section of “Library” which is nothing more than the follow-up list of series and movies that we already knew.
Watch live TV from Fire TV
As we also told you in another article before the update, from our Amazon equipment we can watch television from its section “Live”. Here we will have access to the complete catalog of those channels that decide to reach an agreement with Amazon to show their content.
Placing ourselves on this menu in the central bar, the lower section will change giving us access to all this material. The first grid that we can see will show us a broadcast guide of content as a timeline. We will be able to advance through it in each channel that we have added and, in this visual and simple way, know what we will be able to see in this channel throughout the day.
If you wish add a new channel To this section, you just have to scroll to the next line of content called “Featured Live TV Apps”. This is a shortcut to those apps from the Appstore. We will only have to install and open them for the first time so that they begin to show their content in the “Live” section.
New quick access panel for apps
Another novelty that we can see with the naked eye on our screen, just to the right in the central bar, is a strip dedicated to quickly access the applications we use the most. A panel that we can adjust to our liking from the access icon to the entire catalog of applications installed on our Amazon device, that is, the icon of the 3 squares with the “+”.
If we scroll through all these applications, the lower section of the screen will change to show us all the content available in these apps. For example, if we have Prime Video or Netflix here, it will provide us with a quick view of their content and, we can even continue watching those movies or series that we have already started.
These are the main novelties of the Fire TV interface. But, as we already informed you in other posts, this will be a “live” article. This means that as Amazon implements new features in its interface, we will add them to the article so that you can be informed of any new details that are incorporated.
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