Skip to main content

Amazon “Firetube” set-top box delayed, probably won’t be here in time for the holidays



Amazon’s rumored “Firetube,” a set-top box designed to compete with Google’s Chromecast and the Apple TV, may be delayed beyond the holiday season, according to a report by the Verge. The device was originally supposed to debut this fall, but was later pushed back until the holiday season. Unforeseen delays have once again caused Amazon to re-evaluate that launch date.

The box will reportedly run a variation of Amazon’s Fire OS, the software that powers the Kindle Fire. Fire OS itself is a fork of Android, allowing it to support third-party applications. This capability will be carried over the Firetube, allowing buyers to run a variety of software and games directly on their televisions. The box will also support streaming content thorough Amazon Prime.

There’s no word on when Amazon plans to finally reveal the Firetube to the public.

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

You’re reading 9to5Google — experts who break news about Google and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Google on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel