Amazon has long been reported to be developing a set-top box to compete with the likes of the Apple TV and Roku boxes, and now it seems the company is ready to debut the device. Amazon has sent out invitations for a media event at 11AM Wednesday, April 2nd.
The invite reads “please join us for an update on our video business,” and the couch and popcorn seems to point directly to a new video watching product. Last year, we reported on trademark filings that seem to indicate that Amazon has considered calling the device the “FireTube,” which blends nicely with the company’s other “Fire” branded devices.
Expectations for the box include the ability to run apps, (including games), streaming of video content from Amazon’s Prime video library, and the ability to control it via a mobile device or a dedicated remote. The box is expected to run on a flavor of the Android OS, much like Amazon’s popular Kindle Fire.