Amazon is finally competing with Chromecast. Amazon recently announced the Fire TV stick, a small dongle that replicates much of the functionality of the full Fire TV which was introduced back in April.
The device plugs into an HDMI port on the back of an HDTV and can play games and streams from major sources including Netflix, YouTube, Watch ESPN, Hulu Plus, Pandora and of course, Amazon’s own Prime Instant Video. The Fire TV stick sells at a lower price at $39 than its boxy sibling, which sells for $99, but it won’t ship until November 19th and is currently available for preorder. New and existing Amazon Prime subscribers in the US can get it for $19 for the next two days.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said that the Chromecast is Amazon’s best selling electronic device currently and it would be happy to see that replaced with something of its own that is more powerful than its competitors.
The Stick sports 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM which is four times the internal storage and twice the memory of the Chromecast. It is equipped with a dual-core processor and dual-band Wi-Fi, neither of which can be compared to Chromecast. Amazon says that the Fire TV Stick is significantly the most powerful streaming media stick than the Roku, Claiming six times as much processing power.
Another interesting thing about the Fire TV stick is that it comes with a remote which has a microphone on it and lets you perform a voice search, but this was not so with the Chromecast which you had to control through your phone. However, this remote doesn’t ship with the Fire TV Stick and if you’re interested, you’ll have to shell out another $29.99 for it. If you can’t afford, then you can just download Amazon’s Fire TV remote app which serves the same purpose. As of now, the app is available for Android and soon will be for iPhone too.