August 14, 2022

For many, the battle for the top TV streaming dongle will come down to pitting the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K vs. the Chromecast with Google TV. Both devices have push-button access to their voice assistants and support 4K UHD video and Dolby Atmos audio, as well as a $50 price tag. So which is the better option for you? That’s what we’re here to help you decide.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K vs. Chromecast with Google TV: Spec Showdown

Chromecast with Google TV white

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It took Amazon about three years to release an updated version of the Fire TV Stick 4K, landing in October 2021. This gives it a bit of an edge in the “newness” category when compared to the Chromecast with Google TV. But you can see from the specs that there are a lot of similarities between the two.

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Chromecast with Google TV Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
Year released October 2020 October 2021
Dimensions 4.7 x 1.6 x 0.5 inches 6.4 x 2.4 x .5 inches
OS Android TV OS Fire OS
Voice remote Yes Yes
Voice assistant Google Assistant Amazon Alexa
Supports 4K Yes Yes
Video formats Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+ Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+
Audio formats Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos (pass-through) Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos
CEC control Yes Yes
Smart home controls Yes Yes
Storage 8GB 8GB
RAM 2GB 1.5GB

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K vs. Chromecast with Google TV: Feature Parity?

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max Lifestyle

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Honestly, this is one of the tougher comparisons we’ve had to do in a while. Both devices are really good at what they do — providing a user-friendly interface to access thousands of apps and streaming video content at the push of a button, or the prompt of your voice. Which one you choose largely depends on whether you use Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant around your home. However, there are some subtle differences to point out if you’re not in a relationship with a voice assistant at the moment.