updated 05:13 am EDT, Thu October 24, 2013
Amazon media streamer to use forked Android
The expected launch of Amazon's rumored set-top box, dubbed by some as "Firetube," for the living room has apparently been delayed by the company. The device, which is said to be a direct competitor with Apple TV and Roku for streaming video as well as running apps, will not receive its pre-holiday season shopping launch as allegedly planned.
Sources of The Verge also claim that it will run on a fork of Android, something the retailer has done before for its Kindle Fire tablet lines with the Fire OS. It is also said that Amazon would allow third parties access to the device, letting competing services stream audio and video to the device alongside Amazon's existing video offering.
Earlier rumors suggest that it could be priced at near or below-cost in order to drive media sales or Amazon Instant Video usage. The same device has also been touted as a game-playing device in the same vein as the Ouya and the Mad Catz Mojo, something which is more likely if the Android fork rumor is true.