Both are similar, but the Xiaomi one stands out in a fundamental aspect for me.
Xiaomi was one of the first manufacturers to bring us Android TV to our televisions from the hand of the first Mi Box that reaped so many successes. However, others like google with your chrome cast they proposed something different until Amazon arrived. The Fire TV Stick was revolutionaryit spared us a junk next to the TV like the Xiaomi device and brought us all the power (especially the 4K and Cube models) in a small size.
Nevertheless, all is not gold all that glittersbecause the Amazon device, and its smaller brothers, have a series of limitations (and additions) that hinder the true Android TV experience at home. Android has always been an open source operating system that could be modified, with root permissionsalmost anything you want. I was one of those users who messed around with their HTC Desire or Xiaomi Mi 5s back in the day to improve the user experience.
What does the Fire TV Stick have to choose from the Xiaomi stick
Xiaomi has taken notice of Amazon’s success with its Fire TV Stick and has created its own version (realme also has theirs, they add up to everything). Let’s say it’s a Mi Box S, but in the form of a large USB stick and HDMI connection. East tv-stick has Android TV 11 pre-installed currently and represents a very favorable evolution compared to the last Mi Box launched.
Android TV 11 vs. Fire OS 7 That is the question. Both systems are adapted to television, of course. However, the Amazon device has its own customization layer on top of Android that tarnishes the great work of Google in creating a clean, easy to use and customizable system. Fire OS 7 is a system that, no matter how much you are a user of Amazon-Primewe will have banners of Prime Video content advertising swarming across the screen.
On the other hand, and something touches the fiber to more than one It is the Amazon app store. We don’t have the Google Play Store on the Fire TV Stick (on any model), so we have to make do with the apps and games that Amazon has been able to support on its ‘system for TV’. One of the most damaged apps in this sense and that many users miss is HBO Max not available for Fire TV Stick. We do not know if it will be available over time, it does not make sense with Netflix and Disney + also being available, among other content streaming platforms.
But inside are they the same?
Of course both Stick TV they are almost identical insidewith a similar power, the same capacity of storage (8 GB) and 2 GB of RAM that make all the content run smoothly. But those two details mentioned above notably tarnish the experience of someone who wants, in the first place, install any app adapted to TV and, on the other, avoid any promotional content not wanted.
The Amazon app store, since it was born, has not been viewed very favorably due to the lack of content. Everything was born as a result of the first Fire HD tablets launched together with its own app store, quite empty of apps at the time. Secondly, it is possible to install .APK files taken from some websites to be able to get those applications that are not found in the Amazon store. But hey, Amazon knows this and if you make a mistake in this process you will most likely lose your warranty of the Fire TV Stick device.
In my case, I had no choice but to have the Fire TV Stick 4K Max (without HBO Max) and another stick with covered Android TV (without Netflix) to be able to have as much content as possible on my home TV and projector.
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