Apr 22nd, 2015

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Many of you should have received a nice upgrade to Fire OS 1.5 for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick by now, but we’re curious — have you upgraded yet? If not, you might want to.

It comes with a ton of cool new features that you shouldn’t miss out on, especially the ability to expand storage using USB on the Fire TV, as well as Amazon X-Ray —  the company’s second screen experience that gives you more information about the characters, stories and settings in the show — directly on the TV interface. Here’s the full list of everything that’s changed:

  • Expandable USB storage—Use a connected USB flash drive to expand your Amazon Fire TV storage for downloaded apps and games—this enables you to have more games downloaded for easy access.
    See compatible USB storage devices
  • Connect to your hotel or dorm room Wi-Fi with captive portal support—Take your favorite movies, TV shows, games, and more with you when you’re away from home. Amazon Fire TV enables you to connect to Wi-Fi that requires web authentication—this includes Wi-Fi at most major hotels, as well as some universities.
  • New X-Ray on Amazon Fire TV—You can now use X-Ray on Amazon Fire TV to explore your favorite movies and TV shows on Amazon Instant Video directly on your TV screen. Powered by IMDb, identify actors and songs in the current scene, explore actor bios, and more by simply clicking the “Up” button on your Amazon Fire TV remote.
  • Private listening on Amazon Fire TV—Support for wireless Bluetooth headphones lets you listen to your favorite movie, TV show, or music without bothering others in your household.
  • Browse and search Prime Playlists—Prime members can now take advantage of Prime Music playlists directly from Amazon Fire TV—there are hundreds of expertly curated Prime Playlists to choose from based on your mood, activity, artist, or decade of choice.
    Browse Prime Music Playlists
  • Hidden PIN entry—With the new PIN entry screen that hides the numbers selected, you can now make sure your kids can’t see your device PIN as you enter it on-screen to confirm a purchase.
  • New shortcuts—Quickly put your Amazon Fire TV to sleep or enable display mirroring by pressing and holding the Home button on your remote.

So, have you received it yet? Be sure to let us know down below, or over at AndroidForums.com to discuss the latest upgrade in more detail (or get some help with it if it’s not treating you well).

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