Amazon Fire TV is destroying the Chromecast


Google introduced the Chromecast last July with a lot of excitement. At $35, how can you beat it? Especially since it works with both Android and iOS. However, the Amazon Fire TV was introduced in April of this year, and it already has nearly double the developer support.

As is stands right now, there are over 500 apps available for the Fire TV. The Chromecast is a little harder to figure out. There is a new Chromecast section in the Play Store, but it might not show all the apps. If you add up the Featured, New, and More sections, the total is only 227.

How did Amazon get so much support in such a shorter period of time? The Fire TV was launched on April 2nd of this year, so it has been on the market for 203 days as opposed to 397 days for the Chromecast (July 24, 2014). Granted, the Chromecast SDK wasn’t released until February 3, 2014, but developers could still work on apps during the preview period.

Why isn’t the Chromecast getting the same love? It’s cheaper and has been on the Amazon’s best seller list for some time. And as I mentioned, it works with both Android and iOS. One huge factor is games. Right now Chromecast is primarily a streaming device and isn’t meant for games other than something simple. That’s where Android TV comes in.

The Chromecast in itself will probably never get more developer support than the Fire TV, but Android TV should generate the same, if not better, support. The Chromecast is not the be all end all of streaming options, but combine it with Android TV, and you have a platform that could wind up being the best set-top box moving forward.

source: aftvnews


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • Danie van der Merwe

    Wondering if it has something to do with the Android version running on the Amazon Fire TV in that many apps already developed will run on the box. I can’t access that store but maybe the 500 are not specifically developed for the Amazon TV ie. are compatible to run on it? That said, when I was about to buy a set-top box and Roku was my favorite I opted for neither the Roku or a Chromecast, and rather re-purposed an old Linux box into a media centre with a new HDMI video card – now runs just about everything with a remote keyboard / touchpad.

  • Blane Stroud

    To be fair, you don’t need native versions of apps for a Chromecast. You can pipe content from one app to another (or screen cast, but that’s too limited right now to count). Official support is nice, but unnecessary in most cases, and I’m sure developers realize that AllCast and LocalCast can stream their content just as well (better in most cases) than they can.

  • nana

    Not able to agree at-least with the title of the article. FireTV is a very closed ecosystem. Smaller ecosystem I should say. Also, expensive option. When chromecast came it was expected that Roku would die. But, roku is still going strong. FireTV will also be a victim of a closed ecosystem just like the Firephone.

  •;c=14;sa=collapse;d227fb2388ec=9e8bb86861f0686e54bcbaae99929bbd#c14 George Leon

    I couldn’t care less about the game aspect of the thing, I have a PS4 for that. However, I will say that for the entertainment side of things, Amazon just kills it. Whether casting (& it does work EXACTLY the same as Chromecast) or second screen, to either my Samsung UHD H9000 curved screen or the PS4, the Kindle Fire HDX is all around better than any other Android device. You have multiple screens to control content (play, FW/RW, etc), discover actors & related content & so on. I am sure that with the Fire TV there are probably even more functions. Don’t get me wrong, I had to root my HDX to get a broader selection of content & media for on device activities, but for the screen to screen content & media, Amazon just does it better. Thank goodness they have implemented this, because it really did suck when it was solely via miracast, but now it rocks & I can use the Chromecast feature & button on top of the Amazon implmentation, for all the same apps that work with the Chromecast. Granted, the Chromecast is portable & still has it’s place. It is just that it’s place is no longer in my home. On the road, yes, probably.

  • mike

    a lot of folks want a remote to operate their device. they don’t want to use their smartphones or tablets to control the content. I love doing both. If you could cast HBO GO to the FireTV then it would do everything I need it to. Or if Amazon were to open up HBO GO completely, that would solve my problem.

  • Master Shake

    I just use chromecast to stream from my pc. It is much more convenient than hooking up my pc via a hdmi cord.