Comparison of all 4K Android streaming devices from Amazon Fire TV, Walmart Onn, Google Chromecast, and Nvidia Shield TV

If you’re in the market for a 4K streaming device running Android, there have never been more options to choose from. Whether it’s running Google TV, Android TV, or Fire OS, you’ve got a wide selection of devices ranging from $20 to $200. Here’s a detailed table to compare all the specs of the most popular boxes, sticks, pendants, tubes, and cubes from Amazon, Google, Nvidia, and Walmart. Read more ›

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AI-generated background art feature is now rolling out to Fire TVs

Back in March of last year, Amazon previewed an upcoming Fire TV feature that allowed customers to create AI-generated art for use as background wallpaper on Fire TV devices. That feature is now rolling out to devices that include the Fire TV Ambient Experience, which includes the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max and Fire TV Omni QLED Smart TVs. Read more ›

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Ambient Experience on Fire TV Stick 4K Max can now stay on longer or forever

The 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max, which is currently on sale at an all-time low of $39.99, debuted earlier this year as the first non-television Fire TV device with the Fire TV Ambient Experience. Disappointingly, the Echo Show-like screensaver replacement would only run for about 15 minutes before the device went to sleep, making the feature nearly useless for many people who thought the feature could turn their TV into a smart display of sorts. In a new software update, Amazon has now made it possible to set how long the TV stays on with the Ambient Experience running. Read more ›

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Amazon adds missing storage permission so apps can easily access all files in Fire OS 8 on the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K & 4K Max

Amazon has just pushed out a new software update to the 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K and 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max that fixes a big omission in Fire OS 8 which was causing many apps to not work correctly. Being based on Android 11, the new operating system from Amazon comes with more stringent file access permissions for apps on the latest Fire TV Sticks. This better protects a user’s privacy, which is great. However, Amazon forgot to include the permission option that allows users to give apps, they deem safe and trustworthy, access to all files. Thankfully, the omission has now been corrected with the addition of the missing storage permission that can now give apps access to all files without the need to use special ADB commands. Read more ›

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Amazon fixes broken/missing sideload app icons on new Fire TV Stick 4K & 4K Max running Fire OS 8

Amazon has pushed out a software update that fixes the bug causing sideloaded apps to have missing icons on the new Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Stick 4K Max. The resurfacing of this old bug in Amazon’s new operating system, Fire OS 8, began bothering early adopters of the new Firesticks immediately on launch day last week. Amazon acknowledged it was working on fixing the issue a few days later. That fixed update is starting to roll out to affected devices. Read more ›

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Amazon is working to fix the broken sideloaded app icons on the new Fire TV Stick 4K & 4K Max “as soon as possible”

An unfortunate issue with the new 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K and 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max is the resurfacing of an old bug that prevents the icons of sideloaded apps from appearing in most of the Fire TV interface. Amazon has now informed me that it does consider this a bug and that it is “working to resolve it as soon as possible.” This bug resurfaced once before on the 3rd-gen Fire TV Cube when it launched last year and Amazon fixed it fairly quickly. Hopefully, it won’t be long before you can see the icons of sideloaded apps on the new Firestick models as well.

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Missing storage access permission in Fire OS 8 on 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K & 4K Max is causing issues with Media Player and File Manager apps

With the new 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K and 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max came the arrival of Fire SO 8 to the Fire TV lineup, which is based on Android 11. This newer version of Android includes a major change to how apps are allowed to access files. Unfortunately, Amazon seems to have forgotten to include a crucial new storage permission option in its newest operating system. As a result, some features of media player apps, like Kodi and MX Player, have been rendered unusable and many file managers have been crippled with some, like Total Commander, no longer working at all. Read more ›

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2nd-gen 2023 Fire TV Stick 4K & 4K Max Benchmarks — Compared to all Fire TVs and Google/Android TV Devices

The new 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K and 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max have been released and with them come impressive claims from Amazon of having “nearly 30% more power than the previous generation” for the latter and being the “most powerful Fire TV Stick ever” for the former. I’ve put them both through my usual benchmarks to see if those claims hold up and how these new Fire TV Sticks compare to previous Fire TV models and the most popular Google TV and Android TV devices. Read more ›

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2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max does not have an Apps shortcut button like every other Fire TV

There are very few software differences between the new 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max and other Fire TV models, which is a good thing, but one unfortunate change is the removal of the “Apps” button on the device’s quick launch screen, which you access by holding the Home button for a few seconds. Amazon has chosen to replace the Apps button with an “Ambient Experience” button on this one device, which launches the Echo Show-like screensaver feature that is unique to the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max. In doing so, Amazon has removed one of the most convenient ways to access all your apps. Read more ›

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Missing app icon bug returns in Fire OS 8 on new Fire TV Stick 4K & 4K Max for Sideloaded Apps

While sideloading apps works as expected on the new 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K and 2nd-gen Fire TV Stick 4K Max, there is one significant annoyance that seems to have resurfaced in Fire OS 8 on these new devices. Many sideloaded apps on the new Firestick models have missing or broken app icons, both on the home screen and in the app grid, making it nearly impossible to tell one app from another. Read more ›

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