This streaming device promises another 4 years of updates
Technology from companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google has caused many of us to demand faster, better, and more powerful gadgets. Sometimes features can be added through firmware or operating system updates.
But over time, many older devices cannot meet the demanding requirements of new software. When this happens, gadgets are often retired in favor of newer systems.
When Apple’s iOS 15 was initially announced, the company revealed that iPhone 5 and older models could not be upgraded. It was a bit of a shock to many. If you have an Amazon device, however, the company wants to prepare you when your device stops receiving updates.
Here is the backstory
Software and firmware updates aren’t just for introducing new features. They play a vital role in protecting your device from hackers and security breaches.
Amazon is aware of this and recently released a Fire TV device list which “will receive guaranteed software security updates for at least four years after the device was last available for purchase on our websites.”
That means you can buy an Amazon device and know that at least for the next four years, you’ll receive essential security updates. But even when the time is right to let go, Amazon added that it will still try to provide updates for as long as possible.
The list covers a range of Fire TV streaming media devices, Fire TV Recast, and smart TVs with built-in Fire TV. As expected, if you purchase any of the current gadgets, you will receive security updates until at least 2025. The oldest supported device is the 2016 second generation Fire TV Stick Basic Edition.
What can you do about it
Firmware updates will be deployed to your device when available. There is no indication when in the next four years these updates will be released, as they are developed when threats or vulnerabilities are detected.
To manually update your Fire TV to the latest software version:
- Go to Settings on your Fire TV.
- To select My fire TV.
- Faucet On.
- To select Check system update.
If a new firmware update is available, it will start the download process. Your device may restart to make sure it is properly activated.
Amazon devices to receive updates
Amazon did not explain when software updates will cease for devices not included in the four-year rollout plan. Here is the full list of Amazon devices that will receive security updates until at least 2025:
Amazon Manufacturing Partners
- NS-24DF310NA21 24 inch 720p HD Smart TV – Fire TV
- NS-32DF310NA19 32 inch HD Smart TV – Fire TV
- NS-39DF310NA21 39 inch 720p HD Smart TV – Fire TV
- NS-43DF710NA21 43 inch Smart 4K UHD – Fire TV, 2020 release
- NS-50DF710NA21 50 inch Smart 4K UHD – Fire TV, 2020 release
- NS-55DF710NA21 55 inch Smart 4K UHD – Fire TV, 2020 release
- NS-55F501NA22 F50 Smart 4K UHD QLED Fire TV Series, released in 2021
- NS-65F501NA22 65-inch F50 Series 4K UHD QLED Smart TV, Released in 2021
- Pioneer – 43 inch PN43951-22U LED 4K UHD Smart Fire TV
- Pioneer – 50 inch PN50951-22U LED 4K UHD Smart Fire TV
- 32LF221U21 32-inch 720p HD Smart TV – Fire TV, Released in 2020
- 43LF421U21 43 inch 1080p HD Smart TV – Fire TV, Released in 2020
- 43LF621U21 43 inch Smart 4K UHD with Dolby Vision – Fire TV, 2020 release
- 50LF621U21 50 inch Smart 4K UHD with Dolby Vision – Fire TV, 2020 release
- 43-inch C350 Series 43C350KU 4K UHD Smart Fire LED TV, 2021 Release
- 50 inch 50C350KU C350 Series LED 4K UHD Smart Fire TV, released in 2021
- 55-inch 55C350KU C350 Series 4K UHD Smart Fire LED TV, released in 2021
- 65-inch C350 Series 65C350KU 4K UHD Smart Fire LED TV, released in 2021
- 75 inch 75C350KU C350 Series LED 4K UHD Smart Fire TV, released in 2021
- Nebula Soundbar – Fire TV Edition
- 2.1ch TCL Alto 8+ Soundbar with Integrated Subwoofer – Fire TV Edition
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