Fire TV

Amazon today announced the release of Fire TV OS 1.5, which bundles numerous improvements and new features to enhance the viewing experience.

Both the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are affected by the software update, which should be automatically rolling out as we speak. Fire TV OS 1.5 introduces captive portal support, enabling owners of the devices to connect to public Wi-Fi (like hotels and dorms) that require web authentication to enjoy on-demand content.

While viewing your favorite shows and movies on-screen, X-Ray will display information about actors and songs in the current scene, offer trivia quizzes and more. We've already covered this part of the update in some detail. Should you be a Prime member, you'll now be able to access curated Prime Music playlists from Fire TV.

The company also made some handy changes to the user interface, including hidden PIN entry for those times when you want to make sure the kids can't see the entered digits, as well as new shortcuts that help you quickly put the Fire TV to sleep or even enable display mirroring by simply pressing and holding the home button.

Other notable improvements included in the 1.5 release (for the Fire TV only) bring expandable USB storage support and private listening through connected Bluetooth headphones.