If you're researching cable cutting, some devices / platforms will keep coming up again and again: the most common are Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku.
Today, we are going to launch Android TV and Amazon Fire TV against each other. What are their similarities? What are your differences? And what platform is the best? Read on to know.
Which of the two platforms, Android TV or Amazon Fire TV, is more expensive? As is often the case in this type of comparison, there is no easy answer.
Of the two, the cost of Amazon Fire TV is simpler. Amazon offers three portable TV devices; the Fire TV Stick, the Fire TV Stick 4K and the Fire TV Cube.
The cheapest device, the Fire TV Stick, costs $ 39.99. The 4K version will cost you $ 49.99, and the Cube costs $ 119.99.
Android TV has a slightly different approach. As in the world of smart phones, several manufacturers run tight versions of the operating system in their own boxes.
As such, the quality and the price vary enormously. At one end of the scale, you can find cheap Chinese unbranded products for less than $ 20. At the other extreme, the best Nvidia Shield Pro in its class costs $ 300.
You can also find TVs with Android TV or Fire TV incorporated, but will not be part of this comparison.
Android TV Against Amazon Fire TV: specifications
As you can see in our comparison of Amazon Fire TV deviceseach one has slightly different hardware specifications.
Only the Fire TV Stick 4K and the Fire TV Cube are compatible with the ultra HD and HDR 10 video output, while only the Cube has an internal speaker and a far field voice control for both TV and its devices of third parties.
From the point of view of storage, the Fire TV Stick and the Fire TV Stick 4K offer 8 GB of internal space. The Cubo doubles that capacity to 16 GB.
And if you want to connect the basic Stick or the 4K Stick to an Ethernet port on your router, you must purchase an Amazon Ethernet adapter separately. It is one of the many excellent items in the Amazon Basics product line. The Cube has its own Ethernet port.
Again, comparing Android TV specifications is more difficult, but let's look at the Nvidia Shield Pro ($ 300) and the Xiaomi Mi Box ($ 88). Despite the different price points, both are among the best Android TV boxesyou can buy.
The Shield has a 500GB hard drive, 4K HDR playback at 60 FPS, Dolby Atmos audio and an Nvidia Tegra X1 processor. Android 8.0 is running. The shield also has Plex Media Server capabilities; If you do not want to use a computer and you do not have a NAS, it's an excellent option.
In contrast, the Mi Box is not that powerful. Like The Shield, it can produce 4K video at 60 FPS. However, it only has 8 GB of storage, 2 GB of RAM and a quad-core 2.0GHz Cortex-A53 processor. There is no support for a Plex Media Server.
Again, remember, these are just two models. You can find Android TV devices with a wide variety of specifications if you do a little research.
Many people use Kodi for their video needs. The home theater application is one of the best ways to watch movies in your local library and access (legally!) The online content of your favorite TV networks and broadcast providers.
If you are a Kodi user, you must choose Android TELEVISION. Kodi is available as a native Android TV application through the Google Play Store. The application is not available natively on Amazon products. If you want to install Kodi on Amazon Fire TVwill have to use a delicate temporary solution.
The great advantage of a native Kodi application is the update process. If you install Kodi through an official store, it will be updated automatically. If you manually install it using an APK file, you must download a new APK file for each update again: it is a time-consuming process.
Virtual assistants and smart home integration
 It was not always like that, but all new generation of Fire TV Sticks are sent with an Alexa-enabled remote control. You can use it to access the personal assistant and control smart home devices from third parties in your home.
Due to the fragmented nature of Android TV, support for the Google Home smart assistant is a bit more successful. The medium and high range devices mostly offer support through remote and / or far field voice control; Cheaper models are less likely to offer the function.
If you are planning to buy an inexpensive Android TV device and the integration of Google Home is important to you, be sure to research before pressing the buy button.
When choosing the correct transmission box for your home, the most important thing to consider is the availability of the application. If you can not access the applications you need, all the effort is a waste of time.
Both Android TV and Amazon Fire TV devices offer all the main applications such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, etc.
However, there is a flagrant omission in the line of Fire TV: YouTube. A continuous battle between the giants of technology means that Google's video service is not available. The solution is to use Amazon's silk browser, but it's not ideal.
The other major problem with Fire TV devices is the lack of Google Play Store. Instead, Amazon offers its own store. Most of the time it's not a problem, but it means you can not download or use applications like Gmail, Keep or Maps. Because the missing store means you do not have access to Google Play Services, the apps will not work even if you download them.
We prefer the interface on Android TV. The start screen on Fire TV devices has too much space dedicated to Amazon Prime Video and there is not enough space left for other applications.
Android TV, on the other hand, is highly customizable. You can add applications (and their latest associated videos) to the home screen, customize your own playlist "See the next" and integrate games and video content into a single interface.
And the winner is …
The Android TV device on the line is better than a top-notch Amazon Fire TV device. It will have better specifications, a more extensive selection of applications and more additional functions.
However, if you are buying at the end of the budget scale, we recommend that you buy an Amazon Fire TV Stick on an Android TV device of equivalent price. You will enjoy faster speeds and a smoother viewing experience.
If you still can not decide, see our comparisons of the Amazon Fire Stick with Rokuand Android TV vs. Chromecast before deciding.
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