Best Upgrade Android TV Box: Amazon Fire TV Cube (2022)

I’ve been a big fan of the Amazon Fire TV Cube, but it had been three years since it saw an update. That all changed in 2022 when Amazon released the latest version of its flagship streaming device. 

While it doesn’t technically run the Android TV operating system, Fire TV OS is a variant of Android, so I’m comfortable including it on this list. 

The new Fire TV Cube swaps out its glossy finish for black mesh. While the glossy finish on the previous Fire TV Cube looked great out of the box, it quickly attracted fingerprints. 

The remote is bigger and better than previous versions. Unfortunately, the four app buttons at the bottom are pre-set. You can’t configure them like you can on the Alexa Voice Remote Pro. 

It includes WiFi 6e, which opens up additional bandwidth in the 6GHz range. Currently, there are only a few devices using this protocol, so speeds should (theoretically) be higher. This version also has an Ethernet port, which is a HUGE improvement. However, it’s a 10/100 Ethernet port rather than Gigabit, which is a letdown. 

You can still pair the Fire TV Cube with an Amazon Echo to act as an inexpensive surround sound system. While not something I’d use personally, this is a nice extra feature for many people. 

Whenever you talk about the Fire TV Cube, you’re inevitably going to get comparisons between the Amazon Fire TV stick and the NVIDIA Shield TV Pro.

Amazon says the new Cube is twice as fast as the Firestick 4K Max, but it doesn’t feel like it. Sure, it’s faster, but I definitely wouldn’t say it’s twice as fast. 

That said, the Fire TV Cube offers much more flexibility than a FireStick which earns it a place on this list. It has a better processor and an HDMI 2.1 input, so you can passthrough your game console and simplify your setup. 

The latest version of the NVIDIA Shield TV was released in 2019. It’s clear that NVIDIA is more interested in artificial intelligence than they are in streaming devices, so I’m not expecting a new version anytime soon (if ever).

Amazon Fire TV has a massive user base, so you’ll be reasonably sure this streaming device will be supported for a long time.