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Amazon Kindle Fire TV OS update 1.5 mini review

The Amazon Fire TV is a great little media player. Kodi (formerly XBMC) runs well on it once you have gone through the process of installing it. One of the limitations (in the past) was that Amazon did not support any form of USB storage on the device. Well, Amazon recently released an update to the FireTV which has fixed this little oversight. Now when you plug in a USB key it gets mounted and Kodi sees it perfectly. The pop up from the Fire TV announces it works best with USB 3.0 flash drives less than 128G and does not support USB hard drives (actually says USB hard drives may be unstable). I played back a video file off a slower USB flash drive and it played back perfectly. So this is a welcome add and gives another possible use for this great inexpensive media player!

Update: I found another feature Amazon quietly rolled out in this release. They added the ability for the Fire to act as a Miracast adapter! Way cool. You turn it on by going into settings, display, enable mirror (or press and hold the home button and then select mirror). Once enabled the Fire sits and waits for a connection. The Fire can not do anything else once it has entered this mode and the feature does not run in the background. I tried it with both my Windows 8.1 Asus T100 tablet as well as with my Samsung Note 3 Android 5 phone and both worked perfectly. They connected well and were quite smooth with next to no lag. I was even able to use Kodi to stream a movie (although I only did it briefly). There were some very small hiccups in the playback but to date this is the best miracast I’ve seen. Interestingly it even worked better than the Microsoft Wireless display adapter I previously reviewed. And much less laggy than a miracast adapter (no name el cheapo) I bought off ebay. Wow. Nice!


April 28, 2015 - Posted by | Android, Mutlimedia

1 Comment »

  1. I guess you haven’t tried pairing it with BT headphones yet. This new feature would’ve saved me the need to buy BT transmitter so I don’t have to worry about waking up the entire house.

    Comment by JT | May 4, 2015 | Reply

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