Amazon Photos Fire Tv

Implementing an Android app that renders well on a television (or that behaves properly on both a tablet and a television) requires some attention to user interface layout.

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  2. Fire Tv Amazon Photos App

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This document provides technical information for building your UI layouts on the Amazon Fire TV platform. See Design and User Experience Guidelines for general guidelines on TV design.


Screen Size and Resolution

Many Android devices such as Fire tablets have a fixed physical size and a single resolution. This is not the case with Amazon Fire TV devices, to which you can connect a 720p or 1080p screen of any size.

The mechanism in Android to specify an activity layout in absolute coordinates independently of the video output resolution is to use density independent units (dp). Android scales the graphic resources so that the size remains constant independently of the screen resolution.


The following table shows the pixel size, density and display resolution for various video outputs connected to an Amazon Fire TV device.

TV settingOutput resolution (pixels)Render surface (pixels)Density identifierscreen density (dp)Display resolution (dp)Screen size identifier
1080p1920 x 10801920 x 1080xhdpi320960x540large
720p1280 x 7201920 x 1080xhdpi320960x540large
480p640 x 4801920 x 1080xhdpi320960x540large


Photos On Amazon Fire


The orientation of the Amazon Fire TV device never changes, and requests for the rotation or orientation on the device return these results:

Fire Tv Amazon Photos App

Display.getRotation()0 (ROTATION_0)
Display.getOrientation() (deprecated)0 (ORIENTATION_UNDEFINED)

Resource Configurations

If you design your app to run on platforms other than Amazon Fire TV, such as tablets, you can create different layouts and drawables for each platform, and store them in subdirectories of res/ named for various platform and device configurations. For more information on using these resource configurations, see the Android best practices guide for Supporting Multiple Screens.

The following table describes the resource configurations available for the Amazon Fire TV platform.

Smallest widthsw540dp
Available Widthw960dp
Available Heighth540dp
Screen Sizelarge
Screen aspectlong
Screen orientationland (TV apps are always landscape)
UI modetelevision
Night modenotnight
Screen pixel densityxhdpi
Touchscreen typenotouch
Keyboard availabilitykeyssoft
Primary text input methodnokeys
Navigation key availabilitynavexposed
Primary non-touch navigation methoddpad
Platform versionv17

Last updated: Oct 29, 2020