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Freakbox Is A $149 Android Box From The Devs At Freaktab

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    Freakbox is a $149 Android box from the devs at FreakTab - Liliputing (click for full article)

    by Brad Linder - July 25, 2014

    -- A group of developers from the FreakTab community have decided that developing custom ROMs for existing Android phones, tablets and TV boxes isn’t enough. So they’ve decided to launch their own hardware.


    The team plans to begin selling the Freakbox soon for $149. It’s a set-top-box with a Rockchip RK3188 quad-core processor, 32GB of storage, and a custom version of Android that’s supported by the FreakTab team.


    While there are other Android boxes on the market with better specs and lower prices, it’s the software that’s going to make the FreakTab stand out. The developers have a reputation for providing new features for existing devices through custom ROMs. Since the Freakbox will run FreakTab software out of the box you won’t need to install custom firmware yourself.


    If you’ve spent any time in the FreakTab forums you’ll probably recognize some of the usernames of developers involved in the project, including project coordinator Neomode, kernel developer D33, art developer Tattman65, and a development team that includes Bob White, also known as Finless.


    The box has a 1.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor, ARM Mali-400 MP4 graphics, 2GB og RAM, an SD card slot, 802.11n dual-band Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100 Ethernet, 3 USB 2.0 host ports and a micro USB OTG port, HDMI, S/PDIF, and a headset jack. It has an IR port for a wireless remote control.
     
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    Ugh... I wish they'd gone with one of the newer CPUs, especially at that price. Certainly they understand the RK3188, but unless this opens doors to them that were previously closed, they'll still be fighting the same issues.
     
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    Yeah the RK3288 is the new improved Rockchip processor. I came across a list of upcoming android TV sticks/boxes that utilize the RK3288 chip:

    List of Rockchip RK3288 Android TV Boxes So Far
     
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    The article said that they all will run the KitKat. If they're new boxes and chips, what abut the "L" version. They're just going to come out with a dated OS? Or is it because these boxes come with the Chrome browser? Wonder how HTML5 works on them.
     
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    With the Chrome browser it is fully operational.With flash being automatically updated you can never tell when a website is using the newer HTML5 or Adobe Flash.
     
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    If the Android boxes are on the Jelly bean or KitKat updates they won't have Flash at all, just HTML5. I'm wondering how HTML5 plays on these unofficial boxes.
     
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    I believe you can still sideload an old version of Flash on KitKat.

    The issues with a device like this isn't with Android, but with the CPU, drivers, and Kernel and the lack of polish and stability.

    One problem is how the hardware keeps changing all the time, but with their own device, they should be able to manage that and for XBMC fans, probably keep it stable.

    The great thing about these devices is their ability to run most anything in the Play Store and their support for peripherals. Even a $60 dongle will have a couple of USB ports and an SD card slot. Load it up with some movies and take it traveling. If the Hotel WiFi is good, you can stream or Slingbox to your heart's content. If it's shaky, you can always play some stuff off the storage.
     
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    Freakbox TV box from the FreakTab team launches for about $100 - Liliputing (click for full article)

    Summary:
    The Freakbox is a small box that you can plug into a TV to run Android apps on the big screen. There are dozens of those on the market though. What makes the Freakbox different is that it runs software developed by some of the lead developers from the FreakTab community.

    That means instead of buying a TV box, rooting it, and installing a custom ROM to use FreakTab software you can buy a device that’s designed to work with FreakTab firmware out of the box.

    At launch it’ll ship with Google Android software, but the developers also plan to support Linux eventually.

    We first heard about the project a few weeks ago when the FreakTab team announced that the box would be available soon for $149. Now it’s up for pre-order… and the starting price has dropped to €77, or about $103 US.
     
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    Better price, but still the wrong processor.
     

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