Amazon announced this Wednesday its new device that can be used to bring the Internet to a TV set. The Amazon Fire TV is an Android powered set-top box that is designed to compete against similar devices such as Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Roku. It offers music, videos, and even games to the consumer.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced this device by saying “Tiny box, huge specs, tons of content, incredible price — people are going to love Fire TV. Voice search that actually works means no more typing on an alphabet grid. Our exclusive new ASAP feature predicts the shows you’ll want to watch and gets them ready to stream instantly. And our open approach gives you not just Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video, but also Netflix, Hulu Plus and more. On Fire TV, you can watch Alpha House and House of Cards.”
- Size: 4.5″ x 4.5″ x 0.7″ (115 mm x 115 mm x 17.5 mm)
- Weight: 9.9 oz (281 grams)
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8064
- Processor: Qualcomm Krait 300, quad-core to 1.7 Ghz
- GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 320
- Storage: 8 GB internal
- Memory: 2 GB LPDDR2 @ 533 MHZ
- Wi-Fi Connectivity: Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks that use the 802.11a/b/g/n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 with support for the following profiles: HID, HFP 1.6, SPP
- Ports: 5.5 mm DC Jack, Type A HDMI 1.4b output, w/HDCP, Optical Audio (TOSLINK), 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0 Type A
- Audio: Support for Dolby Digital Plus, 5.1 surround sound, 2ch Stereo and HDMI audio pass through up to 7.1
- Output Resolution: 720p and 1080p up to 60fps
Amazon says that the Fire TV is going to avoid the problems consumers face with other set-top boxes. These are in the areas of search, performance, and closed system.
This device runs on a special operating system designed to be simple to use and comes with impressive specs that make it three times faster than other competitors such as the Apple TV. It also supports numerous content providers such as Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo, MLB.tv, and the NBA just to name a few. Eventually, owners of this device will soon be able to order a product in a commercial using only the remote.
Since Fire TV runs on Android, app developers are going to find it easy to port their Android or HTML5 apps to the device.
Amazon Fire TV can also be used for gaming however the game controller is being sold as an added accessory to keep the price of the device low. Consumers who are interested in gaming can purchase the game controller for $40 which comes with 1,000 Amazon Coins to be used in getting games.