Amazon Fire TV

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Amazon Fire TV
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Amazon Fire TV with remote
Developer Amazon.com
Manufacturer Amazon.com
Type Digital media player, microconsole
Release date April 2, 2014 (2014-04-02) (United States)
Introductory price US$99[1]
Operating system Fire OS 3.0 "Mojito"[2]
Power 5.5 mm DC[3] (6.25 V 2.5 A power adapter[4])
System-on-chip used Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T[3]
CPU Qualcomm Krait 300, quad-core to 1.7 Ghz[3]
Memory 2 GB LPDDR2 RAM[3]
Storage 8 GB internal[3]
Display 1080p[3]
Graphics Qualcomm Adreno 320[3]
Sound Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound[3]
Connectivity HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), 10/100 Ethernet, Optical audio, Fire game controller[3]
Dimensions 115 × 115 × 17.5 mm (4.53 × 4.53 × 0.69 in)[3]
Weight 281 g (9.9 oz)[3]
Related articles Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast
Website Amazon Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV is a digital media player and microconsole developed by Amazon.com.[5][6] It is a small network appliance and entertainment device designed to stream digital audio/video content to a high-definition television. The device also allows users to play video games with the included remote, via a mobile app, or with an optional game controller. The device features 2 GB of RAM, MIMO dual-band Wi-Fi, and a Bluetooth remote control with a microphone for voice search. It supports 1080p streaming and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. Unveiled on April 2, 2014, the Amazon Fire TV was made available for purchase the same day for US$99.[1]

Design[edit]

The developmental code name of the Fire TV was Bueller, named after the eponymous character from Ferris Bueller's Day Off.[7]

Hardware[edit]

The Fire TV offers HDMI and optical audio, with support for Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 surround sound pass-through, along with an Ethernet port and a USB 2.0 port. According to Amazon, the Fire TV is designed to outpace competitors like the Apple TV and Roku in performance: The 0.7-inch-thick box features a 1.7 GHz quad-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, along with a dual-band wireless radio for 1080p streaming over 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. The company said that it does not intend the Fire TV to compete with gaming consoles; instead, its gaming capabilities are geared toward people who don't already own a console but may play games on a smartphone or tablet. It has a dedicated controller accessory.[2]

Software[edit]

The device runs "Mojito," version 3.0 of the Android-based Fire OS which is compatible with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. According to Amazon, that will make it "simple for developers to port their services and games over to Fire TV."[2]

It has been confirmed that Amazon's Fire TV will run other, native, 'third-party' applications such as XBMC. These need to be loaded to the device using the Android Debug Bridge (ADB).[8] Many other Android applications, such as the web browser Firefox, will work using this method as well.[9]

Additional support for bluetooth devices can be activated by loading the stock settings application from Android 4.2.2 and pairing the bluetooth device. Multiple users have reported devices such as bluetooth keyboards, mouses, and audio devices to function using this method. However, users should avoid using functions other than bluetooth from the stock Android application. Doing so may result in errors on the stock Fire TV loader and may even "brick" the device.[10]

Reception[edit]

Dan Seifert from The Verge reviewed Fire TV on April 4, 2014, giving it an 8.8/10 and largely praising its current functionality and future potential.[11] Dave Smith from ReadWrite wrote: "Fire TV aims to be the cure for what ails TV set-top boxes. Sadly, the Amazon box leaves much to be desired."[12] GeekWire editor Andy Liu's review is headlined "Amazon's Fire TV sets a new bar for streaming boxes."[13] Ars Technica praised the device specs that are better than the competition, the build quality was high, and if you use Amazon content, the microphone works very well. However, the reviewer did not like that media browsing puts Amazon content in the front thus making other apps less convenient, the game selection is limited and many games are unoptimized, and its free space is only 5.16GB, limiting the amount of games that can be installed.[14]

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