Android TV

I have been building home theater PCs (“HTPCs”) for almost fifteen years.  My current HTPC configuration includes an Intel Celeron CPU capable of decoding various AV codecs, a high end Nvidia GPU card, a large capacity hard drive, and an M-Audio sound card capable of 7.1 surround sound.  The entirety of this system is housed in a… Read More

There are a lot of TV set top boxes out there. The closest I’ve come to using one is using Chromecast or our Xbox for streaming various forms of media. That’s not to say that I haven’t been interested, so when The Gadgeteer was offered the Pivos Xios XS Media Center for review (an Android/XBMC… Read More

If you have a TV – HD or even an old SD/CRT – that you’d like to expand the capabilities of, you can turn it into a “smarter” TV with the SmartPod from Woxi Media.  It runs Android 2.3.6, which they say is enhanced with multi-user capability and TV optimized.”  (You can define up to eight… Read More

Kimdecent has released the MK806 Android TV stick. This is a small PC that runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and has a Cortex-A9 dual core chipset, 1GB of DDR3 memory, 4GB of storage, and a microSD card slot for expandable storage. This also has Bluetooth 2.0, which is a new feature from its previous model… Read More

The Probox2 (sold by W2COMP) is a recent entry in the Android TV (or Android Stick PC) category. These devices fit somewhere between the size of a fat USB memory stick and a deck of cards and are full Android devices. They usually have DVI video-out, one or more USB ports, WiFi, and sometimes wired Ethernet… Read More

With the newly announced TV connect from Archos, you can turn your existing HDTV into a smart TV.  The TV connect runs Android 4.1 (“Jelly Bean”), and has access to all the apps in the Google Play store.  When you turn your TV into a smart TV with the TV connect, you’ll be able to… Read More

The Magic-Pro iGoGo TV box is powered by Android 2.3.1, so you’ll be able to enjoy Android apps – internet surfing, movie watching, and games – directly on your big HDTV.  iGoGo TV has an ARM Cortex-A8 1GHz processor and 512MB DDR3 and 4GB NAND flash inside, and you can add even more memory with… Read More