The future of gadgets, as it seems, would rely mostly on voice control. Perhaps we are getting lazier which makes hand or fingers movement deem too much of an exertion. Perhaps. Whatever the the reason might be, voice command is the future. Apple’s new Apple TV, which was introduced last September, has voice-enabled remote and during the same time, Amazon did the same to its two streaming media players: Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. First and foremost, high definition connoisseurs will be glad to know that 4K contents are now supported on the new Fire TV and 1080p also gets a boost in quality – thanks to the new HEVC codec support.
Under the hood, Fire TV gets a 64-bit MediaTek quadcore chip which Amazon said offers 75 percent more processing power over its predecessor. Other notable features include wireless ac with MIMO, Bluetooth connectivity, microSD card support, Dolby Audio over HDMI, support for Android games and Fire TV wireless game controller, and of course, Amazon Mayday customer service. The new Fire TV runs on Fire OS 5 that supports Alexa, Amazon’s search assistant, achieved through speaking at the included Voice Remote. There’s no gesture control, though.
And then there’s the Fire TV Stick, also with Voice Remote. It is pretty much the Fire TV Stick you may have acquaint with, but now it comes with the Voice Remote so you can just seek Alexa’s assistant to search for whatever you have in mind. The new Amazon Fire TV with Voice Remote retails at $99.99, or $139.99, if you want the Gaming Edition. The game controller is available separate too, priced at $49.99 a pop. The Fire TV Stick, on the other hand, costs $49.99.