Last Updated on January 13, 2022
If you are looking for a media app that fits best for your Fire TV, you’re in the right place. We’ll be taking a look at SPMC and Kodi. Both of them have a reputation for being excellent apps that allow them to stream tv shows, movies, and so much more.
We’ll be taking a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each one in a moment. This will help you decide whether or not which app will be best for you. These media players have the ability of playing various streaming apps that you know and love.
Now, let’s take a look at the comparison between SPMC and Kodi.
SPMC vs Kodi Fire at a Glance
If you are strapped for time, take a look at the following chart that outlines the advantages and disadvantages of each app:
- Android compatible
- Bigger buttons
- Fewer options on home screen
- No more regular updates
- Won’t run on non-Android devices
- May not have security updates
- Can run on various devices
- Plenty of options and add-ons
- Regular updates
- Less responsive when skipping a YouTube video
- May be overwhelming with options on the home menu
- No voice command feature
What’s the Difference Between Them?
When it comes to compatibility, SPMC and Kodi are similar to one another. They are both easy to use and can function with a Fire TV. However, one of the differences is that SPMC is more Android-based. So it’s exclusive to Android devices— meaning it won’t work on any other platform. Kodi is not Android-based, but it can run on such devices and a lot of others.
For this reason, Kodi gets the nod here in terms of being useful on almost every device possible. Kodi can run on Android, but it can also run on FireTV, Apple Devices, and so much more. If you need to use SPMC on a computer (such as Windows or a Mac), you’re going to need an Android emulator to get it to run.
With Kodi, you don’t need anything like that. In fact, you can run it on a Windows or Apple computer. Even though a Fire TV is our focus here, it shows that Kodi is flexible when it comes to how many devices it’s compatible with.
On an Android, SPMC has a screen that is small. But it has a touch interface that is easy to use. SPMC is specifically optimized for Android devices, which explains the screen size. The home screen has fewer options but large buttons.
Kodi on the other hand has smaller buttons, but more options including add-ons, settings, and so on. In terms of simplicity, SPMC wins out. But in terms of options, Kodi provides you with more. For this reason, the comparison between the two in the ‘Appearance’ department ends in a draw.
Verdict: It’s a tie!
When it comes to apps, you want to choose the one that gets updated on a regular basis. Kodi’s app usually updates on a regular basis. As of this writing, Kodi’s current version is 19.3 Matrix. This version was released in October 2021. Updating Kodi on FireTV is simple and easy to do.
Updating Kodi takes about a couple of minutes (please note this whenever a new stable version of the app is released). One of the things about updating this app is that it needs to be done manually, not automatically.
As for SPMC, unfortunately, there are no updates. Its final update was said to be released around 2018. Because of this, Kodi gets the upper hand because it releases stable updates on a regular basis. Therefore, if you want an app that is more stable in terms of updates, Kodi wins here.
Voice recognition feature
One of the more unique features that SPMC had was voice recognition. Needless to say, FireTV and FireStick have that as well. This is something that Kodi does not have. So if there is one thing that makes SPMC unique, it’s that feature.
One example of how this works: you could use the YouTube app on both SPMC and Kodi. If you use the mobile version of Kodi, there is no voice recognition tool to speak of. SPMC makes it more convenient.
Why is a voice recognition feature so important? This works perfectly if you want to use your voice to search for a TV show, movie, or app as opposed to typing it out letter by letter. As tedious as it is to manually search for something, a voice recognition feature will work wonders.
However, even on a Fire TV or FireStick, the built-in voice recognition feature it has may not work for Kodi itself. If you want to watch something fast, SPMC cuts out the tedious task of typing it all out for you.
When it comes to video performance, SPMC tends to be less laggy if you want to skip a video within the timeline. So if you miss something, you can always drag the video cursor back to that certain point. With Kodi, there may be some lag (plus loading).
The overall video quality of both platforms is on par with each other. So you won’t have to worry about poor video quality on either of the two apps. With that said, we’ll give the nod to SPMC because it’s a lot easier and more responsive when skipping inside a video (especially when you are running it in the YouTube app).
As mentioned before, SPMC no longer has regular updates. But it can still be useful to those who use Android-based devices. However, at the end of the day, Kodi wins out in so many ways. For one, it will be updated on a regular basis. It also has plenty of add-ons that you can easily install.
Last but not least, it works perfectly with Fire TV, FireStick, and almost every other device. It’s open-source, so it makes it flexible for customization.