How to Speed Up Your Amazon Fire TV Stick

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Amazon Fire TV Sticks have taken the cord-cutting world by storm. But they are not perfect. The hardware itself often feels a bit laggy; you might have to wait an extra couple of seconds for an app to open, or a menu will momentarily freeze when you’re in the middle of scrolling. If your Fire Stick is feeling a little slow and sluggish, what’s causing the problem? And how can you fix it to speed up your device? Keep reading to find out. Why Amazon Fire TV Sticks Are Slow Typically, one of two things is causing the problem: An…

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Amazon Fire TV Sticks have taken the cord-cutting world by storm. But they are not perfect. The hardware itself often feels a bit laggy; you might have to wait an extra couple of seconds for an app to open, or a menu will momentarily freeze when you’re in the middle of scrolling.

If your Fire Stick is feeling a little slow and sluggish, what’s causing the problem? And how can you fix it to speed up your device? Keep reading to find out.

Why Amazon Fire TV Sticks Are Slow

Typically, one of two things is causing the problem:

  • An overheated device.
  • An overly bloated device.

Unfortunately, Amazon Fire TV Sticks often suffer from overheating. It’s a well-known issue that lots of people complain about.

When the Fire Stick gets too hot, the most vulnerable part of the hardware is the Wi-Fi component. Therefore, if your device frequently loses connectivity, overheating is probably the cause.

Even if your Wi-Fi stays connected, overheating can cause the device to restart. First, you will see a warning indicator on the screen. If you don’t remedy the issue, a reboot will occur.

Settings to Make Your Amazon Fire TV Stick Run Faster

With that in mind, let’s look at some settings you can turn off which will help to reduce the load on your device’s CPU, thus reducing its temperature and allowing your Fire Stick to run faster.

1. Video and Sound Autoplay

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By default, your Amazon Fire Stick will use the Featured section on the Home screen to play videos that its algorithms think you might be interested in. The videos play on a continuous loop.

Disabling this feature will significantly reduce the CPU’s load. You can do so by going to Settings > Preferences > Featured Content and turning off both the Allow Video Autoplay and Allow Sound Autoplay options.

2. Notifications

There are a few types of notifications on Fire TV Sticks. The Amazon Appstore will generate notifications about app updates and other services, while the apps you’ve installed can also create notifications. These typically inform you of breaking news or freshly-available content.

To turn off Appstore notifications, go to Settings > Applications > Appstore > Notifications. To disable notifications from other apps on a case-by-case basis, go to Settings > Preferences > Notification Settings > App Notifications.

3. Automatic Updates

Automatic updates serve an important purpose. They make sure you always have the newest features and security fixes.

However, when enabled, the updates can occur at any time in the background. Instead, if you turn off automatic updates, you can take control of the process. Set aside sometime when you’re not watching anything and run the update process manually.

To disable the feature, head to Settings > Applications > Appstore > Automatic Updates.

Note: You should always make sure you’re running the latest version of the app. If you disable updates, make sure you don’t forget to check.

4. Disable Unused Services

The Fire Stick has some of Amazon’s other services built-in. They include Prime Photos and Whispersync.

Prime Photos provides unlimited photo storage from Prime members; Whispersync syncs progress, high scores, and other gaming data across all your Amazon devices.

If you don’t use either of the services, you should turn them off. To turn off Prime Photos, go to Settings > Applications > Prime Photos and turn off both Allow Guest Connections and Access Prime Photos.

To disable Whispersync, you need to go to Settings > Applications > GameCircle > Whispersync for Games.

5. Data Collection

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Unsurprisingly, your Amazon Fire TV Stick is set to collect a significant amount of data about you when you use the device.

If you turn off all these settings, it’ll not only improve your security, but it will also help your device run faster; all the collection techniques represent power-hungry background processes.

You’ll find the settings you need to disable split across both the Privacy and Data Monitoring menus.

Firstly, go to Settings > Preferences > Privacy Settings. There are three settings you need to turn off. They are Device Usage Data, Collect App Usage Data, and Interest-based ads.

Next, go to Settings > Preferences > Data Monitoring and turn off the single setting.

Delete Unused Apps and Data

It sounds like an obvious point, but you should delete any apps you don’t use frequently.

Deleting apps obviously regains the space that the app was taking up, but it also kills any background process that the app was running, once again helping the CPU to stay cooler.

You can also use one of the of the many Android cleaning apps to delete old used files on your device.

Normally, you have to exercise caution when using such apps; they can do more harm than good. However, because the Fire Stick doesn’t offer a native file explorer app for you to do the process manually, they provide the best alternative.

You can safely delete old APK files, residual files from old apps, log files, and advertising content.

Hardware Hacks for Amazon Fire TV Stick

Lastly, there are two hardware hacks you can try. The second of the two requires a spot of DIY. MakeUseOf takes no responsibility if something goes wrong!

1. Change the USB Socket

If you power your Fire TV Stick from the mains, it’s receiving an electrical current around the clock, and thus is already warm when you start using it. It’s similar to how your phone feels warm to the touch after charging it overnight.

Therefore, if your television has a vacant USB port, you should use it to power your Fire Stick. In doing so, the device will only receive power when your TV is turned on.

2. Make Holes in the Plastic Case

Another common trick is to physically make holes in the Amazon Fire Stick’s plastic case. It will allow more air to circulate around the interior hardware, thus helping to keep it cooler.

The clips on the plastic casing are reasonably easy to pry open with a flathead screwdriver or long fingernail.

When you’ve removed the casing, you can use a small drill to make several holes. Be gentle while drilling.

To see the process in more detail, check out the video below:

Optimizing Your Amazon Fire TV Stick Further

Making your Fire Stick run faster is just one of the optimizations you can make that’ll help you get more enjoyment out of your device.

For example, you need to make sure you’ve installed the best Amazon Fire TV Stick apps, downloaded the Fire Stick’s mouse app, and learned how to sideload apps that aren’t in the Amazon Appstore.

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What Is the Best Smart TV Operating System?

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There are lots of things you need to know before buying a smart TV. What size do you want? How many HDMI ports do you need? Any extra features that are important to you? But there’s one question that people often overlook: which operating system should you buy? This article will help you answer that question. Picking the Right Operating System Is Important It isn’t 2016 anymore. Back then, we were telling readers why you should avoid buying a smart TV. But in the intervening years, a lot has changed. It’s now almost impossible to find a new TV that…

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There are lots of things you need to know before buying a smart TV. What size do you want? How many HDMI ports do you need? Any extra features that are important to you?

But there’s one question that people often overlook: which operating system should you buy? This article will help you answer that question.

Picking the Right Operating System Is Important

It isn’t 2016 anymore. Back then, we were telling readers why you should avoid buying a smart TV. But in the intervening years, a lot has changed.

It’s now almost impossible to find a new TV that isn’t “smart.” Take a trip to your local electronics store, and you’ll be overwhelmed with promises of streaming, casting, sharing, and all the smart TV buzzwords.

But, not all smart TVs are created equal. Much like the world of desktop operating systems, the various smart TV operating systems have their own strengths and weaknesses. Some have a more extensive choice of apps, some have a better user interface, some are more compatible with third-party devices, and so on.

So, which is the best? In this article we pit Roku TV, Android TV, Fire TV, WebOS, and TizenOS against each other to see which smart TV operating system is best.

1. Roku TV

In 2017, Roku launched a lot of new hardware, but the Roku TV operating system survived the cull.

The OS includes the best parts of the Roku set-top boxes but also throws in some extra features that are unique to the platform.

For example, unlike the other products in the Roku range, you can connect an HDTV antenna to a Roku TV and enjoy a full electronic program guide (EPG) from within the Roku ecosystem.

Roku TV has also benefited from staying well clear of the seemingly never-ending bickering between Amazon, Google, and Apple. As such, you’ll find all the most popular apps from all the providers (unlike Amazon Fire TV, which does not have a YouTube app).

Other features include a universal search function, a customized feed of upcoming shows you’ll be interested in, and a private listening mode.

Many manufacturers offer Roku TV televisions, including TCL, Element, Insignia, Philips, Sharp, RCA, Hitachi, and Hisense.

Of course, like all Roku products, you can also install private channels. They provide access to TV content which isn’t available in the main store. We’ve previously looked at the best private Roku TV channels if you would like to learn more.

2. WebOS

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WebOS is LG’s smart TV operating system. After a curious history, the OS finally emerged as the leading smart TV operating system in 2014 thanks to its slick and easy-to-use interface.

Since 2014, LG has been steadily refining the OS, and it’s now found in everything from fridges to projectors.

The operating system revolves around the launch bar at the bottom of the screen. On the bar, you will find all your apps and settings. You can customize the order of the bar so the apps you use most frequently show up first.

WebOS is Bluetooth compatible, meaning it’s easy to hook up keyboards, mice, and other useful peripherals. It is also Miracast compatible. (Miracast is a cordless version of HDMI!)

Other noteworthy features include live apps (so you can pause content in one app, start using another app, then return to the first app and pick up where you left off later in the day), 360-degree video playback, and an OLED image gallery.

If you’re looking for crisp and clean, WebOS is the clear winner.

3. Android TV

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Android TV is probably the most common smart TV operating system. And, if you’ve ever used an Nvidia Shield (one of the best devices for cord cutters), you’ll know that the stock version of Android TV takes some beating in terms of the feature list.

However, with Android being Android, you will not get a consistent user experience across different TV manufacturers. They all feel the need to put their own “twist” on it, usually for the worse. Error messages saying that a part of the OS system has stopped working are not uncommon on non-stock implementations.

On a more positive note, any television running Android TV will also have Chromecast built in. It makes streaming or casting content from your Android phone or tablet a breeze.

You can also cast directly to your TV from your computer as long as you have Chrome installed. Just go to Menu > Cast to begin.

You also be able to use Google Assistant. That means you can use your voice—via your TV—to control all your smart home devices such as lights, speakers, thermostats, electrical sockets, and more.

4. Tizen OS

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TizenOS is a Linux-based operating system that has been developed by The Linux Foundation.

You will only find TizenOS on Samsung devices. It’s in all of the company’s products, including TVs, cameras, ovens, and air conditioning units.

Of course, TizenOS has a bad reputation following the Samsung TV “spy-gate” in 2015. To be fair, those issues are long in the past. Samsung TVs don’t spy on your any more (at least to our knowledge). However, Tizen still leaves a lot to be desired as a smart TV OS.

Visually, the operating system is fine. It’s clearly taken a lot of design cues from WebOS; there’s a horizontal bar at the bottom of the screen with all your apps and content.

Criticism comes in two forms. Firstly, it’s not as intelligent as some of the other operating systems on this list. For example, while Roku learns what you like and suggests new content from all the apps you have installed on the OS, TizenOS merely suggests apps that you haven’t opened for a while. It’s not inspiring.

Secondly, it faces accusations of being too simplified. Whereas WebOS strikes a perfect balance, tech-savvy users will find the fun settings hidden being endless buttons and submenus.

U.K. users will also bemoan the lack of Freeview Play. It’s a repo of programs from all of Britain’s major OTA TV networks and is available on most of Samsung’s competitors’ TV sets.

5. Fire TV Edition

Fire TV Edition is the new kid on the block. As the name suggests, it’s the smart TV operating system version of the popular Amazon Fire TV devices. At the time of writing, you will only find Fire TV Edition on Toshiba and Element televisions.

Fire TV Edition also gives you access to Amazon Alexa. Like Google Assistant, it can control your smart home, update you on the news and weather, and engage with other apps that form part of your daily workflow.

Content-wise, you’re limited to apps that are available in the Amazon Appstore. Even though Fire TV is based on Android, you cannot access the Google Play Store. Nonetheless, most mainstream apps are available, with the notable exception of YouTube.

However, you can sideload apps onto Fire TV devices, and Fire TV Edition is no different. You just need to get your hands on the APK file for the app you want.

Check out our article looking at the different versions of Fire TV if you’re not sure whether Fire TV Edition is right for you. And if you’ve already bought a new Fire TV Edition, make sure you check out our list of essential Fire TV apps.

And the Winner Is…

We’re going to call it a three-way tie between Android TV, WebOS, and Roku. In truth, each of the smart TV operating systems excels in a different area, but Amazon Fire falls flat due to the lack of YouTube and the Google Play Store, while TizenOS is by far the weakest of the bunch.

If you want slick and minimal, go for WebOS. If you want the largest selection of apps, choose Roku. And if you want smart assistant capabilities, pick Android TV.

If you’d like to learn more about smart televisions, check out our list of smart TV lies you have probably fallen for.

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The Best Free Amazon Fire TV Games

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Amazon Fire TV devices are a great addition to your living room setup. You can use them to watch lots of video content and/or browse the internet using one of the web browsers available for the Amazon Fire TV. However, these devices are also good for gaming. If you pick up an Amazon Fire TV game controller on Amazon, you’ll unlock a world of fun titles. You won’t even need to spend a cent, as there are plenty of enjoyable free games available. Amazon Fire TV Game Controller Amazon Fire TV Game Controller Buy Now At Amazon $49.99 Let’s dive into…

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Amazon Fire TV devices are a great addition to your living room setup. You can use them to watch lots of video content and/or browse the internet using one of the web browsers available for the Amazon Fire TV.

However, these devices are also good for gaming. If you pick up an Amazon Fire TV game controller on Amazon, you’ll unlock a world of fun titles. You won’t even need to spend a cent, as there are plenty of enjoyable free games available.

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Let’s dive into the eight best free games to play on your Amazon Fire TV. (If you do a lot of gaming, you should also make sure you buy the right Amazon Fire TV device.)

1. Despicable Me: Minion Rush

Despicable Me: Minion Rush is the official game of the three-part movie franchise. You play the role of a minion, guiding your character through hundreds of missions. Lots of the films’ iconic locations are present, including Gru’s Lab and Gru’s Residential Area.

You will also find some unique features; the franchise created an all-new villain exclusively for the game. As you progress, you can customize your character with costumes, weapons, and power-ups.

Despicable Me: Minion Rush frequently releases new updates that introduce fresh missions. Recent examples include a deep-sea adventure and a beach party mission.

2. Riptide GP: Renegade

A game about illicit hydro-jet racing? You’d be right to think it sounds fun. Thankfully, the game doesn’t disappoint.

You play the role of a hydro-jet racer who was thrown out of the big leagues after being framed for something you didn’t do.

The high-octane races see you fly through city waterways, flooded ruins, and desolate factories in a bid to gain gold—all while avoiding the cops. The graphics are excellent.

Riptide GP: Renegade has a career mode, a single race mode against the AI, and even online multiplayer.

3. Beach Buggy Blitz

Amazon Fire TV devices lend themselves perfectly to racing games. If you were ever a fan of the popular Mario Kart series, you should check out Beach Buggy Blitz.

The game is easy to pick up and play. It has good longevity thanks to Infinite Drive environment which lets you play for hours without experiencing repetitive content.

Players have a selection of vehicles to choose from, with each having its own unique strengths and weaknesses. As you play through the game, you can power up your car using the various awards you’ve earned along the way. Beach Buggy Blitz also offers new unlockable cars and characters.

Lastly, the game offers some cloud features. You can earn achievement points and share your high scores with other players.

4. Vendetta Online

Vendetta Online is a popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that, just like these excellent mobile MMORPGs, is entirely free to play. The game is set in space; you play the role of a spaceship pilot flying around the universe.

There are lots of different ways to approach the gameplay. You can mine ores and minerals, trade between various empires, become a pirate in the lawless areas of the galaxy, or even join your nation’s military.

Visually, the game is dazzling—especially when played on a big TV rather than on a smaller tablet or computer screen. However, Vendetta Online is graphics-intensive, so it will struggle to run smoothly on the Fire TV Stick. So you might want to buy a regular Fire TV dongle instead.

5. Badland

Badland is a side-scrolling action adventure platformer. It is often hailed as being the best game on Amazon Fire TV. It’s like a cross between the classic Mario games and Flappy Bird.

Gamers take the role of a forest creature who’s trying to discover the forces that have taken over its homeland. As you progress through the Dawn, Noon, Dusk, and Night levels, you will encounter new traps, obstacles, and challenges to overcome.

Badland made its debut on Android and iOS back in 2013. Since then, it’s received several updates and won countless industry awards. The Amazon Fire TV version played on the big screen is arguably the best installment of the franchise so far.

6. Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne is another well-known mobile gaming title that isn’t done justice by the limited screen size of tablets and mobiles.

The initial release was back in 2013, but it’s received regular updates. You race one of 212 cars on dozens of tracks in more than 18 geographical locations. As you drive, you receive a boost for performing stunts, taking out other racers, and driving aggressively.

After five long years, developer Gameloft finally released a successor on Android and iOS in summer 2018, but it’s not yet available on Amazon Fire TV.

7. Eventide: Slavic Fable

Eventide: Slavic Fable is a hidden object puzzle adventure game. Your goal is to find a rare plant to help the mysterious creatures of Heritage Park and save your grandma.

The gameplay offers a good blend between the storyline and solving the puzzles. You will visit 30 locations in a bid to find the 33 hidden objects, unlock the 25 achievements, and complete the game.

Thanks to its slow pace and subject matter, Eventide: Slavic Fable is probably the only game on this list that you can play with the regular Fire TV remote; you won’t need to splash out on an expensive gaming controller.

There are lots of puzzle games to play on Google Chrome if you’re looking for more.

8. Stranger Things: The Game

Stranger Things is one of the best Netflix Originals. There have already been two seasons, with a third scheduled for release in 2019.

Rather than trying to produce a game packed with modern visuals and graphics, the official Stranger Things game stays true to the series’ roots and recreates that classic 1980s arcade feel with a top-down adventure title.

All the series’ main characters are playable, and each has a unique still. You use the characters to explore Hawkins and the surrounding area. As you play, you will complete puzzles, undertake challenges, and collect hidden goodies.

Ultimately, Stranger Things: The Game is a fun and well-thought-out title that will appeal to both hardcore and casual gamers.

Don’t Forget the Paid Amazon Fire TV Games!

Remember, these titles are just some of the best FREE games on Amazon Fire TV. The platform also offers lots of paid titles for just a couple of dollars apiece. If you’re willing to pay, you can play games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Minecraft, Virtua Tennis, and Prince of Persia.

Of course, if you’ve downloaded our gaming recommendations, you should complement them with other apps. So, if you’d like to learn more, check out our list of the best apps for your Amazon Fire TV Stick.

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Which Fire TV Device Should You Buy? Stick vs. TV vs. Cube, Compared

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With the release of the Fire TV Cube, Amazon now offers four distinct ways of using its Fire TV operating system: The Fire TV Stick The Fire TV The Fire TV Cube Smart TVs with Fire TV built-in (“Fire TV Edition” smart TVs) If you’re in the market for a streaming device (and you’ve established Fire TV is the best streaming gadget for your needs), which of the four devices should you buy? Amazon Fire TV Stick Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media Player Buy…

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With the release of the Fire TV Cube, Amazon now offers four distinct ways of using its Fire TV operating system:

  • The Fire TV Stick
  • The Fire TV
  • The Fire TV Cube
  • Smart TVs with Fire TV built-in (“Fire TV Edition” smart TVs)

If you’re in the market for a streaming device (and you’ve established Fire TV is the best streaming gadget for your needs), which of the four devices should you buy?

Amazon Fire TV Stick

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick is the entry-level device.

If you’re looking to add smart capabilities to other TVs around your home, it’s an excellent choice. However, if you’re looking to upgrade your main TV’s capabilities, it’s worth spending a few extra bucks on one of the more powerful models.

Your decision might also be influenced by where you live. There are two versions of the Fire TV Stick currently available. “Fire Stick Gen 2” was released in late 2016 and is only available in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, and India. The “Fire Stick Basic Edition” hit shops 12 months later and is available in most of the rest of the world.

Most of the two devices’ technical specifications are identical. Both have a maximum supported resolution of 1080p at 30fps, 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, and a quad-core ARM 1.3 GHz CPU.

The most significant hardware difference is the remote. The Gen 2 model ships with an Alexa-enabled voice-controlled remote. The Basic Edition doesn’t support Alexa or voice input. There are also some minor UI differences; the Basic Edition doesn’t include a Recommended By Your Apps section, doesn’t offer a search feature, and has a simplified app row.

If you live in a Basic Edition country and the missing features are important to you, you should look at the other options.

Amazon Fire TV

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The next model is the Amazon Fire TV. It’s a significant step up on the Fire TV Stick. According to Amazon’s calculations, it’s four times more powerful than its little brother.

It’s biggest selling point is support for 4K video. It can produce 3840x2160p output at 60fps and includes HDR10 support in rendering pipelines. All this adds up to better contrasts and more vibrant colors, ultimately giving you a richer viewing experience.

Remember, 4K videos on Netflix are not available on the cheapest plan. You will need to pay $13.99/month for the Premium package. If you’re cable provider nor your streaming provider offer 4K, don’t be fooled into buying a 4K dongle unnecessarily.

Like the Fire TV Stick, the device offers 8GB of internal storage. However, it comes with 2GB of RAM and a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU which can run up to 1.5GHz. The extra power will be useful for people who enjoy playing games on their device.

Although the device doesn’t have a native ethernet port, you can buy Amazon’s official ethernet adaptor and connect the Fire TV directly to your router. This generally leads to a faster and smoother streaming experience and is recommended for people with slow network speeds.

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Oddly, the Amazon Fire TV doesn’t support Miracast screen mirroring technology, whereas the Fire TV Stick does. If you plan on casting a lot of content from your computer or smartphone, the cheaper model might be the best choice.

Amazon Fire TV Cube

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The Amazon Fire TV Cube is Amazon’s newest addition to the Fire TV family. It’s like a regular Fire TV device and an Amazon Echo Dot rolled into one unit; it steals some of the best features from both.

For example, it’s the only model in the Fire TV range that includes Alexa-based Hardware Controls, a built-in Speaker, and far-field voice control. All of these features are present on the Echo Dot.

It also supports 4K Ultra HD at 60fps, HDR10, and Dolby Atmos which are available on the previously-discussed Fire TV. It ships with a free ethernet adaptor.

The Amazon Fire TV Cube uses the same 1.5GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU as the Fire TV along with 2GB of RAM. However, its specs differ slightly from the Fire TV thanks to its 16GB of internal memory.

The Fire TV Cube does not support Miracast.

The bottom line is that if you already own a Fire TV device and one of the many different Amazon Echo models, the Fire TV Cube is an unnecessary purchase. But if you’re new to the world of cord-cutting and personal assistants, the device is an excellent way to enter the market.

Amazon Fire TV Edition

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Amazon is partnering with several electronics manufacturers to produce Amazon Fire TV Edition smart TVs. These are television sets with Fire TV built into them, thus saving you from having to buy a seperate device.

Toshiba’s Amazon Fire TV Edition smart TV is a 4K Ultra HD LED TV that comes in three different sizes and is reasonably priced considering its technical specifications.

These Fire TV Edition smart TVs are Amazon’s answer to the Roku-enabled TVs which are becoming increasingly popular.

The Fire TV Edition TVs offer the best aspects of the 4K Fire TV dongle, including 3840x2160p resolution at 60fps, HDR10 support, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. Unfortunately, however, they do not offer Dolby Atmos sound or Miracast.

The Fire TV Edition smart TVs differ slightly from the Fire TV in their sign in process. Unlike all the other Fire products, you do not need an Amazon account to use the operating system. You can still access Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, and all your other favorite apps without logging in to an OS-wide account.

The Fire TV Edition smart TVs are also Alexa-enabled, so you can use your voice to control the TV, your smart home devices, and more.

Clearly, you’re not going to buy a new TV just to add smart capabilities to your living room. However, if you’re already familiar with the Fire TV OS and do need a new TV, the Fire TV Edition models are high-quality and well-priced options.

A Better Alternative to Amazon Fire TV Devices

Fire TV devices are not right for everyone; they do have some disadvantages. For example, Amazon’s ongoing spat with Google means there’s no native YouTube app (though Amazon does provide a browser-based workaround).

Furthermore, the Fire TV’s reliance on the Amazon Appstore means you don’t have access to the same number of Android apps as you do on Android TV devices. Again, there are workarounds that allow you to sideload apps on the Amazon Fire TV Stick, but it’s not an ideal situation.

If you’re considering another streaming device, we recommend the Nvidia Shield. It’s still the ultimate tool for cord-cutters!

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