Unveiled to the masses on April 2, 2014, Amazon Fire TV is a digital media player developed by Amazon. This small unit can stream digital video and audio content through to a high-definition television, allow users to play video games, and more.
The box itself runs Amazon’s Fire OS 3.0, named ‘Mojito’. It contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8064 soc, and Qualcomm Krait 300 CPU. There is 2 GB of RAM on-board, along with 8 GB of internal storage. The GPU is a Qualcomm Adreno 320, and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound is packed-in as well.
Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, WiFi, HDMI, 10/100 ethernet, and optical audio.
Interestingly enough, Amazon’s inside ‘code name’ for the Fire TV project was ‘Bueller’, in reference to the popular movie ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’. Matthew Broderick must feel honored.
The Amazon Fire TV competes directly with similar products from other manufacturers, including Apple’s Apple TV, Google’s Chromecast, the Roku, and more.