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Amazon announces Fire TV Stick, heats up competition against Chromecast

Amazon are set to take on Google for control over your TV with the $39 Amazon Fire Stick TV

It’s been just over a year since Google released the Chromecast. Since then the device has sold in its millions and has largely been without any real competition, until now. Following up on the launch of their Fire TV set top box, Amazon has now announced their plans for the Fire TV Stick.

The dongle will plug directly into your TV via HDMI and enable users to access content from a plethora of services; including Netflix, Prime Instant Video and Twitch. Although the content on offer is largely the same between both devices, the Fire Stick is noticeably more powerful than Google’s offering. The Fire Stick includes a dual-core processor, 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM. It also ships with a dedicated remote, instead of having to solely rely on your smartphone.

Amazon are currently taking pre-orders for the Fire Stick TV for $39, which will be shipped on November 19th. Existing users of Amazon’s Prime service will be able to pick up the Fire Stick TV for just $19.99.

Will you be buying one? Let us know in the comments below!

For the latest news on Android products, make sure to check out the latest issue of Android Magazine.