Amazon Fire TV Remote
By AMZN Mobile LLC
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
The Fire TV Remote App enhances the Fire TV experience with simple navigation, a keyboard for easy text entry (no more hunting and pecking), quick access to your apps and games, plus voice search. Voice search is powered by the same voice search engine as Amazon Fire TV and supports the entirety of Fire TV’s integrated video, app and game catalogue. Note that voice search does not work directly inside individual applications such as Netflix.
• Voice Search
• Simple Navigation
• Playback Controls
• Keyboard for simple text entry
• Quick access to your apps and games
• Multicast-enabled router required
• Designed for simple navigation and playback control of Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
• For gameplay, use the remote included with your Fire TV or the optional Amazon Fire TV Game Controller
What's New in Version 1.0.15
Adds support for Amazon Fire TV Edition
Better than nothing, but not by much
We lost the FireStick remote in a move. Unfortunately, new remotes are on back order for the next month. I downloaded this app hoping it would be a good fix-gap. Sometimes, it works okay. Other times, it cannot connect to the FireStick. Even when the stick is connected to the internet and working perfectly well. Every time you need to use the app, it has to re-connect to the FireStick. This is a process that may take 5 seconds, or may take 2 minutes... while you're waiting to pause the show or make a selection. Then there are times that it refuses to connect at all. Extremely frustrating. I'm holding my breath until I can get a new remote next month!
It's ok but...
So I have the fire stick remote and am happy with it. But I'm wondering if you have thought to develop a remote that is more accessible to the elderly who have difficulty with the regular remote. It's very small and the buttons are not labeled other than the play, stop, pause etc. symbols.
For example, my mother had a stroke about 2 years ago and is unable to use the remote and she can't use Alexa because the stroke affected the language center of her brain so her speech is poor. Someone always has to sit with her and find something she wants to watch. She doesn't understand the functionality of the remote.
However, if she could see pictures of what was available, to watch (on an iPhone/iPad remote), she could select the one she wants. Then, the remote could display what she is watching, with the play, stop, rewind, forward functions. It would also help to have the name of each function next to it. She can usually understand the words.
I don't know where this information goes but it would be really great to see something like this.
Who designed this???
So, the fire stick was rolled out and functionally organized around its original remote. All of the screens on the monitor are organized into up-down, left-right and center ( enter ) clicks on the top part of the original remote. So here come the app designers and they decide to lose this simple movement pattern and replace it with a trackpad ( with no warning btw). Once you figure out it is a trackpad then you have to try to figure out how to make things on the screen move around at something less than warp speed. I still can't understand what was wrong with up, down, left, right and center. K.I.S.S.
- Category: Utilities
- Updated: Jun 21, 2017
- Version: 1.0.15
- Size: 32.6 MB
- Languages: English, German, Japanese
- Seller: AMZN Mobile LLC
- © 2015 Amazon.com and its affiliates
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.