Developing Android Apps & Games
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Specifications & Guidelines
Amazon's powerful and popular streaming media players help enable app and game developers to reach more customers in the living room. Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box with huge specs. It has 3x the processing power of Roku and Apple TV, a fast quad-core processor, 2 GB of memory, dedicated GPU, Dolby Digital Plus surround sound and optical audio out. Amazon Fire TV Stick is the most powerful streaming stick available, with 4x the storage and 2x the memory of Chromecast, plus a dual-core processor and 1 GB of memory.
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Get Started: How to Publish
Build something new or bring your existing app or game to Fire TV from PC, console, web or mobile. To get started, you can build with Android or use HTML5.
- Android (see technical documentation): Android developers can use existing tools and frameworks including Unity to develop apps and games for the 10-foot experience. Sample code, documentation and guidelines are available to help you make the most of your apps.
- HTML5 (see technical documentation): HTML5 developers can leverage the Amazon WebView to develop apps and games. Developers have the option to build HTML5 web apps, Cordova apps using the Fire OS port, or hybrid apps. Get up to speed quickly with the Web App Starter Kit for Fire TV. You can find this project on its Github project page.
Build Great Games
With powerful performance and features such as second screen and multi-controller support, our Fire TV devices have been designed around supporting HDTV and enabling great apps and games. Both devices support a variety of controllers to let you design the best experience for your customers, including a free remote and the Amazon Fire Game Controller for a richer gaming experience. Amazon Fire TV allows up to 7 remotes and game controllers (Fire TV Stick supports up to 4), opening up multi-player gaming in the living room. Games can even use different combinations of input types (remotes and games controllers) to make multi-player gaming easy for everyone.
Easily Publish Media Apps
Media apps are flying onto streaming media players to find new customers in the living room. We make it easy to bring your media app to Fire TV with little work. The Web App Starter Kit for Fire TV is a new open source project intended to help developers get up to speed quickly to create a simple media-oriented app for this exciting new web platform. This starter kit includes features like an example user interface designed for the 10-foot experience, support for the Fire TV remote control, and sample components that you can use to create and customize your own media app. Visit the Github project page to get started.
Monetize Your Apps and Games
When customers buy Fire TV devices and register with their Amazon accounts, they are already set up with their verified Amazon Payment profiles, and are ready to purchase apps or in-app items with no further effort. Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick support the Amazon In-App-Purchasing API so you can offer consumable items, permanently entitled items, and even subscriptions for sale in your app. To help you tune your gameplay and monetization implementation, Amazon offers A/B Testing tools that can help you hone your app for maximum user retention and optimized monetization.
Integrate Second Screen Experiences
Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick support second-screen experiences using DIAL, an open standard that allows customers to discover and open apps on their television right from their tablet or phone. Customers can fling services like YouTube and Spotify from their tablet or phone right to their TV. Extending apps to two screens gives you the ability to take your apps and games to the next level by enabling more than one person to engage with your app and creating truly immersive gaming experiences for customers through multi-player functionality.
The below chart compares Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. To compare device and feature specifications in depth, click here.
Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV Stick
|Processor||Quad core||Dual core|
|Memory||2 GB memory||1 GB memory|
|Remote with Voice Support||Included||Optional (non-voice enabled remote included)|
|App with Voice Support||Yes||Yes|
|Gaming Support||High performance games||Casual games and more|
|Optical Audio Out (home theater integration)||Yes||No|
|List Price (USD)||$99||$39|
|Country Availability||US, UK, and Germany||US|