Amazon has started rolling out a new UI on all Fire TV devices, including the company’s Fire TV sticks and Fire TV smart TVs from third-party manufacturers (via Techcrunch). The new interface has been in testing since April, and the main changes include a new navigation bar that replaces the existing text menu item with icons.
This refreshed user interface isn’t a major change, but it brings back the library tab, now called “My Stuff”, to the Fire TV navigation bar after Amazon hid it within the “Find” menu last year.
“Last year, we completed a major overhaul of the Fire TV experience, and since then, we have continued to make refinements to make Fire TV the most engaging and personalized streaming experience,” said Joshua Danovitz, director, Fire TV Experience, said in a statement shared with Techcrunch “The recent updates bring Search and My Stuff to the top of our Home page so customers can quickly find content and access their watchlists, rentals, and purchases.”
The “Find” tab is now represented by a magnifying glass. Again, the Library section that used to be there has now been sent back to the navigation bar, where it’s now called “My Stuff” and represented by a bookmark icon. It still provides access to personal watchlists, purchases, and rentals. Recently used apps will appear on the home screen as a carousel, separate from “My Stuff.”
The “Home” section is now represented by a House icon, but its functionality is unchanged: Users can still scroll down on the Fire TV Home screen to see content recommendations from Amazon. Lastly, the Live tab is now represented by a TV icon, and it still provides access to more than 20 live TV channels in the US including Pluto TV and Freevee (previously IMDb TV).
This revamped user interface should roll out to all Fire TV devices over the coming weeks. Amazon is also expected to offer big discounts on Fire TV devices on Prime Day 2022, which will be held on July 12-13 this year.