Rumor: Will Amazon’s Streaming Device Be An HDMI Dongle Like Chromecast?

April 1, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

We all like rumors right? Who doesn’t? They give us something to chew on and hope for, while we wait for official statements from the companies that are producing the products that become the topic of our discussions. Today we’ll be going over all of or most of the rumors about the new Amazon product, the streamer box that plenty of people have been talking about, and what we know or think we know so far. As of right now we know that Amazon has scheduled something for the day of April 2nd, we just don’t what that is yet. We do know that it will be taking place at precisely 11 am EST, or 8 am PST for those of us on the West Coast. As you all may already know, April 2nd is tomorrow, so we’ll know soon enough what they have planned for the event.

Now let’s dig in to the rumors. There has been plenty of talk about Amazons next device, and it seems that the most likely product to be making an appearance will be their streamer box that would compete with the likes of Roku, Chromecast, and Apple TV. Like the Chromecast and the Roku, the streamer box may not actually end up being a box at all, and Amazon could end up releasing the streamer as an HDMI dongle instead. This would actually make plenty of sense as it could plug right into the back of your TV discretely, and it would be infinitely more portable than an actual streamer box that has to be plugged in with an a/c adapter, and actually utilize an HDMI cable instead.

In addition to the devices design, the Amazon streamer(stick?) might end up being based off of a forked version of Android just like Amazon’s line of Kindle Fire tablets, which we wouldn’t call too far fetched, as they already have the software side of things in place and wouldn’t have to create an entirely new ecosystem to power the streamer. Although this is Amazon’s streamer, and we can certainly expect to see Amazon instant video as the star of the show, you can bet that big players like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and other major video apps will likely make a debut on the device as well. In fact, that’s one of the major rumors surrounding the device. Seeing as how those media streaming options are also already available on their line of tablets, there’s no reason not to add it into a device such as a streamer also.

Rounding out the rumors for this currently mystical device from the largest online retailer, is that Amazon could be considering an ad based service to run on the streaming device, which would definitely set it apart. We have also seen some images of what appears to be an Amazon bluetooth game controller, which suggests that Amazon’s new streaming box/stick could support gaming capabilities, although to what extent yet we have no idea. As of yet there has been little talk about price and availability, but we might end up learning more tomorrow morning when Amazon’s big event jumps off. What are your thoughts on Amazon’s new streaming device? Will it be a box, an HDMI stick, will it have gaming capabilities? What would be the sweet spot on pricing to entice you to buy? Tune in tomorrow as we’ll be sure to update you on the latest.