Amazon Fire TV Cube now supports Zoom video calls
Finally, Amazon considered it appropriate to add support for Zoom video calls on its second-generation Fire TV Cube devices. While video conferencing has been a staple on Fire TV and Alexa devices for some time, Zoom is the latest addition that makes the feature even more robust.
Amazon has set minimum requirements for using Zoom on blog posts about updates. First, you must have a webcam that supports UVC (USB Video Class) with a resolution of at least 720p and a 30fps refresh rate.
The webcam must then be connected to the Fire TV Cube with a Micro-USB to USB adapter.
Of course, you’ll need to download the Zoom app to the Fire TV Cube and create an account if you haven’t already.
If all goes well with the setup, then users can join scheduled appointments with an expression such as “Alexa, join my Zoom meeting”, where Alexa will ask the user for the meeting ID and password that can be entered using the remote control or own voice.
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Zoom is one of the top video conferencing software in the world. Ideal for business, family, and social gatherings, Zoom can accommodate up to 1,000 participants in a single call, making it an excellent choice for medium and large businesses.
It’s worth noting that Zoom has been making rounds on Amazon devices for some time. Fire TV Cube has just been updated to support the software, but Zoom has been available for use on Amazon Echo Show devices since last year. So why did Fire TV Cube users have to wait so long?
Analysis: Too little or too late?
Although Zoom is undoubtedly a useful application for many of us to continue working from home, we cannot help but believe that the addition of video conferencing software would have been much more beneficial last year in the initial round of blocking the globe.
As mentioned above, Zoom has been available for use on Echo Show devices for some time. This may be due to the fact that the Echo Show is more portable, thanks to the screen on the device itself. It’s also cheaper than the Fire TV Cube, which probably doesn’t have as wide a user base as Echo Show 5, Echo Show 8, and the like.
Zooming in on the Fire TV Cube may not have been a priority for Amazon then. As the device connects to the TV, the lens is less portable. Not to mention the fact that Zoom meetings on TV can be considered a niche situation.
That being said, the benefits that Zoom brings to TVs are not insignificant. The application can accommodate many participants simultaneously, which can be displayed in a much clearer way if you use Zoom on a large 4K TV. Comfort and convenience could also be an important factor, with Alexa voice commands making it easy to attend meetings without touching a button and giving a meeting from the comfort of your couch.