set-top box

Razer Forge TV console went up for pre-order, pulled back out

The Razer Forge TV – the same one we fell in love with at CES 2015 – actually went up for pre-order on Amazon yesterday, but was quickly pulled back out for reasons still unknown. If you’re thinking the Razer Forge TV is just one of those set-top boxes, then you’re in for a surprise. Razer is known for its gaming products – so with a TV box showing all the trimmings of Razer’s gaming culture – you should expect some kick-butt Android gaming at the very least.

Android 5.1 also pushing to Nexus Player, reboot option available

The latest and greatest version of Android Lollipop at this point is Android 5.1, and it is steadily pushing out to all the Nexus devices – which is a great advantage of being Google’s premier line of devices, as you are always first in line to get the newest version of the OS. Even the Nexus Player – Google’s round-shaped digital HD TV output box which also leads a double-life as an Android casual gaming console – is getting its own version of Android 5.1.

Xiaomi unveils Mi Box Mini and Mi Headphones

Xiaomi has rolled out a couple slick new devices for fans of streaming content and audio. The first of the new devices is the Mi Box Mini and it is the smallest set-top box we have seen in a long time. The device is so small that it sticks out of the outlet with nothing that actually sits on the TV or entertainment center.

The Minix Neo Z64 is a pint-sized Android PC

Minix is a small Hong Kong-based outfit that specializes in small set-top boxes that allow you to run Android apps on your TV. With this new product dubbed the Neo Z64, they are now offering basically a fanless desktop PC box that fits in the palm of your hand. Would you go for something like this?

VidOn Box runs a custom version of Android XBMC

A new Android XBMC powered set top box is up for pre-order called the VidOn Box. One of the big features of this set top box is that it has a low price with pre-orders underway for $49 right now. The device can run Android apps along with a custom version of the XBMC called VidOn Media Center.

OUYA teams up with Xiaomi to conquer Asia

What should you do if you want to make it big in the Android market in Asia, particularly in China? Why partner with the top Android OEM of course! That is what OUYA seems to be doing by striking a deal with Xiaomi to bring its games and its platform outside of its comfort zone and into the Chinese, and eventually Asian, market.

Freakbox is a set-top box that runs on Android 4.4

As long as the proliferation of media on the intarwebs continues, many companies will think that a standalone set-top digital media player is a viable market. The Freakbox continues in the tradition of Popcorn Hour and Roku, a set-top media player that can do just about anything an Android device can do.

Rikomagic ready to ship 2nd version of MK902 TV box

Rikomagic is nearing the ship date for its MK902 II, which is an Android-powered TV box/mini-PC. Some people call it a TV box – because you connect it basically to your TV and then get to do stuff – and some call it a mini-PC, which is again understandable, as it more or less gives you a PC-like interface using the built-in Android OS.
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