Amazon announced a whole lot of things today, including new Echo devices, new cameras and anything from Ring, a gaming service and a couple of new Fire Sticks with an updated user experience.
The updated Fire Stick is more powerful and just as affordable
If you are a Fire Stick user, you may be interested in the brand new Stick (shown above), which is said to be 50 percent more powerful while keeping the low price at $ 40. It supports HDR and Dolby Atmos, but keep the resolution locked at only 1080p at 60 fps.
It is also 5 GHz compatible and comes with the Alexa voice remote control which includes power, volume and audio buttons. It sits comfortably between the Fire Stick 4K and another new Fire Stick announced today.
The New Fire TV Stick
Fire Stick Lite is similar but even cheaper
Fire Stick Lite has almost all the same features as the new Fire Stick, but comes in at just $ 30. Amazon claims that it has more processing power than any other streaming device under $ 30, which is probably not that hard to do anyway. It supports 1080p streaming and HDR, but it is not mentioned Dolby Atmos.
The biggest differences between the new Fire Stick and Fire Stick Lite seem to be on the remote control – you do not get dedicated power, volume or sound buttons with Lite. However, you will still have access to Alexa.
Fire TV Stick LIte
A new Fire TV interface is coming
Amazon also took the opportunity to talk about the new Alexa-ified Fire TV interface. This is obviously the most dramatic deviation from the existing interface that Amazon has ever made, but right now there are not many images to show it. But judging by the above, it looks much cleaner than the previous Fire TV interface.
The new interface puts a lot of focus on Alexa and voice controls. Amazon points out that you can tell Alexa to “go to Live” to open the Live TV Guide, for example.
The updated interface also supports profiles, which is good for multi-user households. It looks pretty much like you’re probably used to services like Netflix and Disney +, and each user will get individual recommendations, history, watch lists, settings, and the like. As far as I know, Apple TV is the only other box on the market that supports global profiles.
The updated Fire TV will start rolling out “later this year” and start with the new Fire TV Stick and Stick Lite.