What apps does amazon fire tv have

Fire TV companion apps, Second Screen and Remote, hitting iOS soon

Tucked away as a side note in Amazon’s Fire TV announcement last week is an interesting confirmation of a companion iOS app for the set-top box that’s scheduled to launch later this year in the App Store.

The software will act as a second screen solution allowing Fire TV owners to fling Amazon TV shows and movies from their iPhone or iPad to the $99 set-top box, providing remote functionality with playback controls, support for Amazon’s X-Ray technology that pulls media metadata from the web and more.

What apps does amazon fire tv have

In addition to Second Screen, the official Fire TV app for smartphones and tablets will launch soon, providing virtual controls for touch-enabled games…

According to Amazon. the forthcoming Second Screen for iOS app is due “later this year” .

The software is already available on Amazon’s on Kindle Fire HDX tablet.

In addition to sending movies and TV shows from your iOS device to the Fire TV and controlling content playback, Second Screen will let users check out supplemental X-Ray information on their iOS device as content plays on the set-top box.

Amazon explains:

With X-Ray you can see information about cast and crew, the names of songs as they play, as well as a list of all music in the movie or TV show, trivia items in context with the action on the screen, and character backstories so you can easily remind yourself of the character’s history.

X-Ray is exclusive to Amazon and is powered by IMDb, Amazon’s vast online database of information related to films, television programs and video games.

The Fire TV has built-in support for X-Ray technology so folks can check out information about cast and crew, trivia, goofs and synchronized lyrics directly on the box. And with X-Ray for Music, lyrics display and scroll line-by-line automatically as the song plays. X-Ray for Music will be available starting next month.

Additionally, Kindle Fire owners can wirelessly mirror anything that’s displayed on their tablet to a Fire TV, similar to how Apple’s AirPlay Mirroring technology works.

What apps does amazon fire tv have

Amazon says that this feature will be available on any Miracast-enabled phone or tablet “starting later this year”. And because the Fire TV supports the DIAL standard, developers will be able to create mobile apps that enable multi-screen experiences.

It addition to standard media-streaming features, the Fire TV’s biggest selling point is the ability to run games and provide voice input via the include remote that has a built-in microphone.

Playing downloadable games requires Amazon’s Fire TV game controller, sold separately.

“The Fire game controller also intelligently manages power by automatically going to sleep when not in use, and waking at a touch of a button, so you get up to 55 hours of gaming on a pair of AA batteries,” said the online retail giant.

The Fire TV controller has dual analog sticks and a complete assortment of controls via seven dedicated hardware buttons and a directional pad. Multiple controllers can be paired with a Fire TV and there’s a dedicated GameCircle button that brings up your leaderboards, achievements and friend list.

Fire TV runs on Amazon’s forked Android version, the Fire OS codenamed ‘Mojito’. Android itself supports standard USB input devices like mice and wireless keyboards and game controllers, but it’s unclear whether Fire TV only works with Amazon’s own Bluetooth controller or if it supports any standard USB-based controller.

What we do know, however, is that Amazon will be releasing the Fire TV app for smartphones and tablets that will provide the full remote functionality and controls for touch-enabled games. The app will be available “starting next month.”

The $39.99 controller comes with a free copy of Sev Zero and 1,000 Amazon Coins (a $10 value) for purchasing games.

Amazon made a lot of fuss about a survey from tracking firm Qwilt which has found the online retailer passing both Apple and Hulu in streaming video usage.

Fire TV is available for $99 from Amazon .

Eligible customers get a free 30-day trial of Netflix and Amazon Prime when they purchase a Fire TV.

19 Amazon Fire TV Tips for Streaming Fans

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The Fire TV and Stick are an excellent pair of devices; here's how you make the most of them.

Not everything Jeff Bezos touches turns to gold; just look at the Fire Phone. But on the media hubs front, Amazon seems to have done very well with last year's introduction of the Fire TV set-top box and the smaller, portable Fire TV Stick . both of which earned PCMag Editors' Choice awards for bringing digital/streaming media directly to the big HDTV in your home. This month, next-gen versions of each device will debut.

Both Amazon products also have very similar specs. They support up to 1080p video at 60 frames per second (the 2.0 Fire TV even supports 4K), have 8GB of internal storage (2.0 will also support MicroSD cards), and full MIMO-based Wi-Fi. Naturally, the more expensive and larger Fire TV box has a little more oomph, including a faster chip, more memory (2GB), full Dolby 5.1 surround sound, Bluetooth 4.0 (3.0 in the Stick), support for a few more video formats than H.264, and more ports, such as 10/100 Ethernet, USB 2.0, and optical audio. The Stick also lacks voice search feature out of the box—you pay $10 more to get the voice remote for that.

That said, the average user doesn't see that much difference on screen. The interfaces are the same across the product line, and both use apps and games you can get directly from Amazon (and elsewhere, but more on that ahead). What's really important is the sheer number of media services they support: Amazon Prime Instant Video and Prime Music (naturally), Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, HBO GO and HBO Now, FX Now, Showtime Anytime, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, PBS, A&E, Cartoon Network, CNN, Fox News, and Sling TV, to name only a few. There's even an app for our sister site, IGN. that you should check out.

Plus, there's a plethora of games on the platform, including Crossy Road, Minecraft, Pac-Man 256, Goat Simulator, GTA, Lego Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and more—though some work better, or only, on the Fire TV, not on the Stick. No one's claiming that Amazon's devices are going to replace a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One for game quality, believe me. But Fire TV devices are a fraction of the price of the big consoles.

There is a lot to love about the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. There's also a lot about them you may not know. Hit the slideshow for a closer look at some tricks and tips Fire TV owners will love.

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