Yes, the Amazon Fire TV Stick (often referred to as the Firestick) is based on the Android operating system. However, it’s important to note that it does not use the standard Android interface that you would find on devices like Android smartphones or tablets. Here are some key aspects of the Amazon Firestick in relation to Android:
- Customized Version of Android: The Amazon Firestick runs on Fire OS, which is Amazon’s customized version of the Android operating system. Fire OS is specifically tailored for streaming media and is integrated with Amazon’s services.
- Android App Compatibility: Because it is based on Android, the Firestick can run many Android apps. However, not all Android apps are available or necessarily compatible with Fire OS, as they might require modifications to work on the Firestick.
- Amazon Appstore: Instead of the Google Play Store, the Firestick uses the Amazon Appstore for app downloads and installations. The Amazon Appstore has a wide range of apps, but it doesn’t have as extensive a selection as the Google Play Store.
- User Interface: The Firestick user interface is designed around content consumption, particularly streaming services, and is heavily integrated with Amazon Prime Video and other Amazon services.
- Google Services: Unlike many standard Android devices, the Firestick does not come with Google Play Services installed. As a result, apps that require Google Play Services may not work properly on the Firestick.
In summary, while the Amazon Fire TV Stick is built on the Android operating system, it features a distinct user experience and ecosystem tailored by Amazon, differentiating it from other Android-based devices.