Many of you are familiar with television streaming services like Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast. Â These hardware extensions allow users to stream online programming right to their TVs. Â Amazon is joining the competition with the release of Amazon Fire TV. Â This long-awaited streaming device aims to make complexity disappear. Â Some features of this simple yet powerful device include:
- Quad-core processor versus the double core processor of Roku and Â the single core processors of Apple TV and Chromecast
- 2 GB of RAM compared with the 512 MB memories of the three competitors.
- Dual band wi-fi for fast connectivity
- $99 Price, the same as Apple TV and Roku . Â Chromecast wins this battle at a mere $35
When you press play categories display content, watchlist, access, your video library, movies, TV, games, apps and photos, with settings residing in the main home screen. Â One of the features that sets Amazon Fire TV apart from the competition is its gaming capabilities. Â With the purchase of a $40 Amazon-branded controller your Amazon Fire TV becomes a gaming console. Â This will challenge current, expensive gaming consoles like the reigning Xbox and Playstation dynasties. Â Amazon has been working with EA, Disney, Gameloft and other major players to develop a wide variety of games and projects that users will have access to thousands of games within the next month. Â While Roku and Apple TV offer gaming services, Amazon Fire TV is the only option that offers a handheld controller. Â Amazon Fire TV is also the only device to offer a voice search in addition to a physical remote.
In the coming months weâ??ll see how Amazon Fire TV fares in sales but the Webdoc expects to see quite a positive response.