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No Screen Mirroring!
9 September 2018
In this version of the device Amazon have removed screen mirroring (it was in previous versions). So it is no longer possible to cast your phone using one of these to your tv. For that fact alone I am giving this device one star. It is a bit like buying a car and then discovering it has an amazing engine, a great interior, fantastic paint job, but no wheels.
For me this is a totally fundamental use for one of these. Amazon is simply pushing the idea again of a walled garden. Removing this functionality is clearly NOT in their customers best interests. It means that any content you have on your phone is now stuck there, unless you use another method or use a Chromecast (I have an old Chronecast which still mirrors fine. Not sure what newer versions do?) to send it from your phone to your tv.
I have had to dig out my old Chromecast and unplug this in order to cast a video from my phone to the tv (I don't have any spare slots to plug both in). It is really daft. It never even occurred to me when I bought this that the Amazon device wouldn't be able to do that.
This device is a backward step. It is self-serving at best, and a crippled device at worse.
It appears that this functionality could be added back in with a software update (as older versions of the fire sticks had it) so that is what should happen. Amazon clearly did not have their customers best interests at heart with removing this, and they should bring back this (very basic) functionality to all these devices.
Until then... 1 star... Love the Ferrari.... But where the hell are my wheels?