Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV (stylized as amazon fireTV) is a line of digital media player and microconsoles developed by Amazon. The devices are small network appliances that deliver digital audio and video content streamed via the Internet to a connected high-definition television. They also allow users to access local content and to play video games with the included remote control or another game controller, or by using a mobile app remote control on another device.
Amazon Fire TV with remote (first generation)
|Type||Digital media player, microconsole|
|Operating system||Fire OS 5 "Bellini"|
|System-on-chip used||Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T|
MediaTek MT8173C (2nd Gen)
|CPU||Qualcomm Krait 300, quad-core up to 1.7 GHz (1st generation)|
dual-core ARM Cortex-A72 up to 2 GHz and dual-core ARM Cortex-A53 up to 1.573 GHz (2nd generation)
|Memory||2 GB LPDDR2 RAM|
|Storage||8 GB internal|
|Display||1080p and 4K|
|Graphics||Qualcomm Adreno 320 (1st Gen)|
PowerVR GX6250 (2nd Gen)
|Sound||Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound|
|Connectivity||HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac), 10/100 Ethernet, Fire game controller|
|Power||5.5 mm DC (6.25 V 2.5 A power adapter)|
|Dimensions||115 × 115 × 17.5 mm (4.53 × 4.53 × 0.69 in)|
|Mass||281 g (9.9 oz)|
|Related articles||Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Ouya|
The device comes in two form factors: Fire TV Cube, a set-top box with embedded Amazon Echo smart speaker (which effectively replaced the original, discontinued Fire TV box models) and the Fire TV Stick, an HDMI plug-in stick with lesser specifications than the contemporaneous generation boxes.
The first-generation Fire TV device featured 2 GB of RAM, MIMO dual-band Wi-Fi, and a Bluetooth remote control with a microphone for voice search. It supported 1080p streaming and Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound but was dependent on internet bandwidth of the user. Unveiled on April 2, 2014, the Amazon Fire TV (1st Generation) was made available for purchase in the US the same day for US$99 and was launched with a video game called Sev Zero. The second-generation version was released in 2015, adding 4K resolution support.
In September 2018, Amazon announced the Fire TV Recast, a digital video recorder which works with an HD antenna to record shows for later viewing on a Fire TV or an Amazon Echo Show device. It is designed for use with over-the-air TV services and is a part of the cord-cutting movement.
Fire TV hardwareEdit
The first Fire TV (codenamed "Bueller" after the eponymous character from Ferris Bueller's Day Off) offers HDMI 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 0.72-inch-thick box features a 1.7 GHz quad-core CPU (Qualcomm Snapdragon 8064), 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 and a 10/100 ethernet connection. 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 do not already own a console but may play games on a smartphone or tablet. It has a dedicated controller accessory.
Amazon released a second-generation Fire TV, codenamed "Sloane", in late 2015. This version has 4K resolution support, improved processor performance, and a MediaTek 8173C chipset to support H.265 (HEVC), VP8, and VP9 codecs. Wireless hardware upgrades include a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with 2x2 MIMO and Bluetooth 4.1.
The third-generation Fire TV, also known as the Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote, was released in 2017; it eschews the previous set-top box design for a small, diamond-shaped "pendant" reminiscent of the Fire TV Stick, which is hung from a short HDMI cable. It contains a slower processor, but more RAM than the second-generation Fire TV, and also has support for 4K resolution streaming, Dolby Atmos, and HDR10.
Production was discontinued in 2018 in favor of the current Fire TV Stick.
Fire TV CubeEdit
The Fire TV Cube was released in June 2018. It is similar in function to the third-generation Fire TV, but also includes embedded Alexa functionality similar to the Amazon Echo smart speaker line, and can use HDMI-CEC and an IR blaster to control other devices with voice commands. As its voice functionality is integrated into the device itself, the Fire TV Cube does not include the voice remote. The device uses a 1.5 GHz quad-core ARM 4xCA53 processor, 2 GB RAM, and 16 GB storage.
A second-generation model was unveiled in September 2019, featuring a hexa-core processor, "Local Voice Control" (which allows client-side recognition of common voice commands to improve response time), and support for Dolby Vision and HDR10+.
Fire TV StickEdit
On November 19, 2014, Amazon released its Fire TV Stick, a smaller dongle version of the Fire TV that plugs into an HDMI port. Codenamed "Montoya", it retains much of the functionality of the larger Fire TV. It has 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, weighs 0.9 oz. (25.1 g), and it uses a Broadcom BCM28155 1.0 GHz Cortex-A9 processor and a Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU. Wireless hardware includes a dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 2x2 MIMO and Bluetooth 3.0  The Fire TV Stick is bundled with a remote control, in either of two variants: one with Alexa voice search and one without Alexa.
On October 20, 2016, Amazon released the Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, codenamed "Tank". Other than the new remote, the updates include MediaTek MT8127D Quad-core ARM 1.3 GHz processor with a Mali-450 MP4 GPU, and support for the H.265 (HEVC) codec. Wireless hardware upgrades includes a dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi with 2x2 MIMO and Bluetooth 4.1. It retains the 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage and weighs slightly more at 1.1 oz. (32.0 g).[non-primary source needed]
In January 2019, the second-generation Fire TV Stick was re-issued with the updated remote from the 4K model.
Fire TV Stick 4KEdit
In October 2018, Amazon unveiled the Fire TV Stick 4K, codenamed "Mantis", which succeeded the third-generation Fire TV. It is upgraded to a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor and supports 4K output, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and hardware-accelerated MPEG-2 decoding. It also includes an updated voice remote that contains an infrared emitter and buttons for controlling TV power and volume (which can also be controlled with voice commands). The remote is backward compatible with previous Fire TV models, and also sold separately as an upgrade.
The Fire TV series runs Fire OS, which is derived from Android Open Source Project source code. It supports voice commands via either a remote control with an embedded microphone, or integrated microphones inside the device (as is the case of the Fire TV Cube), and can also be controlled with Alexa via Amazon Echo smart speakers. The devices support various Amazon-owned services, including Prime Video, IMDb Freedive, as well as other major third-party services such as Hulu, Netflix, YouTube, Apple TV, HBO, Spotify, and others via Amazon Appstore.
The "X-Ray" feature allows users to view contextual information related to Prime Video content (such as biographies of actors and other trivia), using face recognition, music recognition, and IMDb data.
|Model||Fire TV Box||Fire TV Stick||Fire TV Box||Fire TV Stick||Fire TV Box||Fire TV Cube||Fire TV Stick 4K||Fire TV Cube|
|Fire TV Generation||1st||1st||2nd||2nd||3rd||1st||3rd||2nd|
|Release date||April 12, 2014||November 19, 2014||September 29, 2015||October 20, 2016||October 25, 2017||June 21, 2018||October 31, 2018||October 10, 2019|
|OS ||Fire OS 5||Fire OS 6||Fire OS 7|
|Android Version ||5.1||7.1||9|
|System Version ||126.96.36.199||188.8.131.52||184.108.40.206|
|Family||Snapdragon 600||Quad-core ARM big.LITTLE||ARM Cortex-A53||ARM Cortex-A73|
|Cores||4x Krait 300 @ 1.7 GHz||2x ARM Cortex-A9 @ 1.0 GHz||2x ARM Cortex-A72 @ 2 GHz and
2x ARM Cortex-A53 @1.573 GHz
|4x ARM Cortex-A7 @ 1.3 GHz||4x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.5 GHz||4x ARM Cortex-A73 @ 2.2 GHz and
2x ARM Cortex-A53 @1.9 GHz
|GPU||Designer||Qualcomm||Broadcom||Imagination Technologies||ARM||Imagination Technologies||ARM|
|Model||320||Capri VC4||GX6250||450 MP4||450 MP3||IMG GE8300||G52 MP2|
|OpenCL||1.1 embedded profile||n/a||1.2||n/a||1.2||2.0|
|Hardware Decode Support ||MPEG-4, H.263, H.264||MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9||MPEG-4, H.263, H.264, H.265||MPEG-4, H.264, H.265, VP9||MPEG-4, MPEG-2, H.263 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9|
|RAM||2 GB LPDDR2||1 GB LPDDR2
(512 MB system, 512 MB video)
|2 GB LPDDR3||1 GB LPDDR3||2 GB||1.5GB DDR4||2 GB DDR4|
|Storage||Internal||8 GB NAND Flash||16 GB||8 GB||16 GB|
|External||USB up to 128 GB||No||Up to 128 GB microSDXC||No||Micro USB||No||Micro USB|
|Microphone||No||Mic button on remote|
|Networking||Ethernet||RJ45, 10/100 Mbit/s||USB-to-RJ45 adapter (separate)||RJ45, 10/100 Mbit/s||USB-to-RJ45 adapter (separate)||USB-to-RJ45 adapter (included)||USB-to-RJ45 adapter (separate)||USB-to-RJ45 adapter (included)|
HID, SPP Profiles
HID, SPP Profiles
HID, HFP, SPP profiles
A2DP, AVRCP, GAVDP, HID, IOPT profiles
|Bluetooth 4.2 + LE
A2DP 1.2-SRC, AVRCP 1.0-TG, HID 1.0-Host, HOGP 1.0-Host
|Bluetooth 4.2||Bluetooth 5.0 + LE|
|Wi-Fi||Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n
|Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
2x2 MIMO dual-antenna
|Dimensions||115 mm x 115 mm x 17.5 mm||84.9 mm x 25.0 mm x 11.5 mm||115 mm x 115 mm x 17.8 mm
4.5" x 4.5" x 0.7"
|85.9 mm x 30.0 mm x 12.6 mm
3.4" x 1.2" x 0.5"
|65.0 mm x 65.0 mm x 15.0 mm
2.6” x 2.6” x 0.6”
|86.1 mm x 86.1 mm x 76.9 mm
3.4” x 3.4” x 3.0”
|38 mm x 142 mm x 16 mm||86.1 mm x 86.1 mm x 76.9 mm
3.4” x 3.4” x 3.0”
|Power Supply||6.25V, 2.5A, 16W, DC||5V, 1A, 5W, DC||15V, 1.4A, 21W, DC||5V, 1A, 5W, DC||5.2V, 1.8A, 9W, DC||5.25V, 1A, 5W, DC||12V, 1.25A, 15W, DC|
|Power Plug||5.5mm (outer) x 2.5mm (inner) (Coaxial power connector)||USB micro-B Cable and USB A-Type Power source||3mm (outer) x 1mm (inner)||USB micro-B Cable and USB A-Type Power source||USB micro-B Cable and USB A-Type Power source||4mm (outer) x 1.7mm (inner)|
Dan Seifert from The Verge reviewed Fire TV on April 4, 2014, giving it an 8.8/10 rating and largely praising its functionality and future potential. Dave Smith from ReadWrite wrote, "Fire TV aims to be the cure for what ails TV set-top boxes." GeekWire editor Andy Liu's review is headlined "Amazon's Fire TV sets a new bar for streaming boxes."Ars Technica praised the device for specifications that surpassed competitors, good build quality, and a microphone works very well if you use Amazon content. The reviewer disliked the fact that its media browser puts Amazon content in the front, which makes other applications less convenient to use, limited game selection with many games not optimized, and only 5.16GB of free space, which limits the number of games that can be installed.
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