Last week, Amazon announced their much anticipated streaming set-top box. We’ve been hearing about this thing for quite a while and Amazon finally made it official last week and it was available the same day. The set-top box is $99, and does a whole lot more than just streaming movies and TV Shows, but it also does games – in fact it has it’s own game controller which is backordered til May 11th. Amazon has a lot of games ready for the Fire TV, and a lot more coming, including a few from their own game studio.
As pointed out by Android Authority, the Chromecast which had been Amazon’s top seller for quite a while – essentially since it came out – has dropped down to the #2 spot as the Fire TV overtook the #1 spot. Which isn’t surprising, since they are advertising the Fire TV all over their website, and well it is Amazon and their own set-top box, so you’d kinda expect it to do well on their own website, right? While these two are technically competitors, they kinda aren’t. The Chromecast does streaming as well, but that’s about it. It’s a $35 HDMI dongle for your TV that allows you to stream from your smartphone, tablet or laptop. So far there’s no real games or anything available for the Chromecast. But if you’re looking for something that won’t take up much space around your TV, the Chromecast fits that perfectly.
The Chromecast has been widely popular for Google since they released it last year. Now we’re seeing rumors about Android TV, which is their relaunch of Google TV. Since Google TV failed a few times already. Android TV leaked out over the weekend, and it looks pretty good, it’d surprise me if we don’t see it at least mentioned at Google I/O in June.
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