New and latest gadgets have been swarming the market since the inception of technology.
First, there were radios and then there was black and white television. These black and white TV’s got upgraded to color televisions. Then we got cable and satellite channels and presently, technology has catered us with state of the art digital media players. You need not spend a huge amount of money on your television set; instead, you can save it by purchasing a digital media player. These external streaming TV service provides you with the joy of watching web-connected television. Some of the popular media players are Amazon TV and Chromecast.
Amazon TV is a microconsole and digital media player manufactured and marketed by Amazon.com. This network appliance streams digital audio or video signals to a high definition TV. It also allows the user to play video games using a remote, a mobile application or with an optional game controller. The device weighs 281gms. The device is powered with QUALCOMM Snapdragon 8064 1.7 GHz quad core processor, 8GB internal storage and 2GB RAM.
Google has developed the Chromecast. This HDMI dongle plays both audio and video content successfully on a high definition display. This 72mm device streams directly by making use of Wi-Fi from internet or local network. It streams content to the television in two ways. Firstly, by making use of mobile and web applications. The second method is called ‘tab casting’. This digital media player can stream almost every kind of content displayed by Google Chrome. It would stream all kinds of content that runs on your personal computer. It weighs just 34gms.
The Amazon TV digital media player runs on Fire OS v3.0 Mojito operating system. The device is also compatible with Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean
The framework of Chromecast has two key components: one sender app and one receiver app. They make use of APIs provided by the SDK. The sender app operates on Desktop web app, Android app or iOS mobile app. The receiver app is a Web application. It is performed in an environment similar to the Chrome browser environment. It operates on a basic version of Chrome OS.
The Amazon TV is priced at $99 whereas; the Chromecast is available for purchase since July 2013 for just $35.
The Amazon TV digital media player leaves much to be desired. It is also more expensive than Chromecast. The Chromecast has more apps than Amazon TV, making the former a smart purchase.
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