I imagine that most people who’ve purchased the Amazon Fire TV Cube are eager to set up their new gadget immediately after it arrives, but if you’ve put yours aside for when you have more time, you’ll probably want to get to it out of the box before July 1st. That’s because everyone who activates a Fire TV Cube before 11:59 p.m. ET on July 1st will automatically receive a $10 Amazon Video credit to spend on rentals and purchases of movies and TV shows. Just log into a new Fire TV Cube with your Amazon account by the deadline and you’ll receive an email informing you of the credit. You can read the terms and conditions of the offer here, but the most important thing to know, other than the activation deadline, is that the $10 credit expires on August 31st, 2018.
As MrMC users start to set up their shiny new Amazon Fire TV Cube, they’re going to hit a roadblock. That’s because MrMC is currently not available to install on the Fire TV Cube. MrMC’s developers tell me that an Amazon Appstore mixup is keeping their app from being available on the new device. Read more ›
Something that greatly differentiates the Amazon Fire TV Cube from the Fire TV 3 is the Cube’s Micro USB port and the official support for expandability that comes with it. I’m sure most Fire TV Cube reviews will quickly dismiss the port as simply where you connect the included Ethernet adapter, but, if you’re reading this, you probably already know better. Come with me on a magical voyage as I explain in excruciating detail how wonderful the Fire TV Cube’s micro USB port is and how it shows that Amazon is listening to our feedback. Read more ›
The micros USB port on the back of the Amazon Fire TV Cube will most commonly be used to connect the Amazon Ethernet Adapter that comes included in the box with every Fire TV Cube, but with the right adapters or accessories, it can be used for so much more, as is described in this article. Here are some great micro USB OTG adapters and accessories to expand the functionality and capabilities of the Fire TV Cube. Read more ›
Now that the Amazon Fire TV Cube has been released, a lot of people will be deciding between it and the less expensive Fire TV 3 pendant. While they look very different on the outside, thanks to the Fire TV Cube’s hands-free Alexa capabilities, they’re very similar on the inside. They both have the same video playback capabilities, which include 4K @ 60FPS and HDR support. That’s because they both have the exact same 1.5Ghz quad-core CPU, the same Mali-450 MP3 GPU, and the same 2GB of RAM. With identical chips, you’d expect them to perform the same on benchmarks, but it turns out the Fire TV Cube is faster than the Fire TV 3. However, there’s an important catch that throws things off. Read more ›
Whenever a new Fire TV model is released, there’s always someone looking for explicit confirmation that Amazon hasn’t done anything to thwart sideloading third-party apps like Kodi. Here is that confirmations. Yes, you can sideload apps onto the Amazon Fire TV Cube the exact same way as you can on all other Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions. The same developer options are available to enable apps from unknown sources and to enable ADB debugging. Sideloaded apps appear on the home screen and in the usual app lists on the Fire TV Cube, just as they do on other Fire TV devices. You can also launch sideloaded apps hands-free by saying “Alexa, scroll down” while on the home screen and calling out the sideloaded app by number, as seen in the screenshot above. For detailed instructions on how to sideload apps, see this guide.
One of the standout features of the Amazon Fire TV Cube is its universal remote features that let it control other devices, such as TVs, A/V receivers, and cable/satellite boxes. It does this through a clever blend of new and old technologies. For newer devices that support it, the Fire TV Cube uses HDMI-CEC, which allows consumer electronic devices to communicate and control each other through the HDMI connection. For older devices without HDMI-CEC capabilities, it uses infrared signals through a built-in IR blaster, which is how most remote controls communicate. The best part is you don’t have to know or care how your devices communicate because the Fire TV Cube walks you through a simple setup process and takes care of it all for you. Read more ›
The new Amazon Fire TV Cube will officially be released tomorrow, June 21st, and will arrive at the doors of everyone who preordered one. For those of you who are waiting for reviews and more hands-on information to come out, let me know in the comments of this post what you would like to know about the Fire TV Cube and I’ll do my best to answer your questions once it’s released.
There appears to be much more interest in the announcement of the new Fire TV Cube than Amazon’s announcement of their last new streaming media player, the Fire TV 3. To confirm this, I went through my logs to compare initial pre-order trends of both devices. According to my stats, during the first two days after the devices were announced, pre-orders for the Fire TV Cube are more than double those seen for the Fire TV 3. Obviously, my figures are not an accurate depiction of overall sales, since my data only represents visitors of this site, and there are other factors to consider when comparing sales figures of the two devices, such as the Prime member discount that was only offered for the Fire TV Cube. However, it does confirm what I’ve been seeing in the site comments here and other discussions around the web, which is that initial impressions of the Fire TV Cube are vastly better than those of the Fire TV 3. The reason for this has a lot to do with the state of the Fire TV lineup as a whole and its timing. Read more ›
A huge focus of the newly announced Amazon Fire TV Cube has been on its hands-free capabilities. It’s undesrtandable since it’s a key feature that differentiates it from all other streaming media players. While controlling your home theater without touching anything seems like very a handy feature for most people, it’s understandable that some people aren’t interested in it or it just won’t work well for their home theater setup. The good news is that you can never use the hands-free features of the Fire TV Cube and/or even tuck it away out of sight in a cabinet but still take advantage of its universal remote capabilities. Read more ›