Amazon has introduced a gum sized HDMI streaming stick with the price tag aimed at competing with Chromecast and Roku Stick. The device is seen as a follow-up to the $99 Fire TV, is priced at $39 when compared to Chromecast priced at $35 and Roku Stick at $49.
The Fire TV Stick boasts an 8GB internal memory while the Chromecast has features 1Gb storage. Amazon claims that the dual-core processor results in “faster and more fluid navigation” and the two other streaming devices features a single-core processor. The Fire Stick comes with a remote that can be used as a gaming controller and an additional $30 will provide the user with a voice remote for the voice search feature.
The Fire TV Stick is the most powerful streaming media stick available,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO in a press release.
Amazon subscribers can avail the device for $19 and will be available on November 19. A free remote app has been launched on Android and the iOS app will be released in the coming days.The device can stream a range of content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Instant Video, Prime Music and others including a movies and TV shows from Amazon Instant Video. The device features a dual-band wi-fi for faster content streaming.
The Fire TV stick can automatically detect and stream videos through ASAP (Advanced Streaming And Prediction). The device also utilizes Whispersync service that saves the place where the movie was left off and lets the user to continue watching on a smartphone or tablet. The company’s future plans include Wi-Fi support in hotels, airports, stations and many more.
The Fire TV Stick that if offered to Prime members at a $19 price tag is expected to compete with Chromecast that currently occupies the top spot in Amazon’s electronic devices. The device is open for pre-order and the offer for the Prime members ends on Thursday.