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Will We Soon Have Android TV?

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  1. Rickaren

    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    We Will Soon Have Android TV



    Radu 2011-05-19




    According to Wireless Goodness, Android TV on the American market. This is a device that connects to Wi-Fi or LAN and offers access to digital television, Internet TV or just internet.


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    The device incorporates a video/audio player and IM or SMS apps. It can also connect to Android Market and thus offer access to thousands of additional apps.

    Android TV box runs Android 2.2 Froyo and can connect to TV via HDMI or composite cable. It is powered by a 1GHz Coretex A9 processor, 512 MB RAM. Android TV has a 2 GB storage capacity, up to 32GB SD storage capacity as well as an USB port allowing users to attach an external hard disk to it.

    Has Google anything to do with this project? We would be tempted to say yes, given the name. But Wireless Goodness says the screen captions where the interface is shown have nothing to do with Google TV, a concept Google has been trying to make popular for some time now. Android TV is a product that has every chance to be a hit in the USA, especially now that Netflix has recently announced they will support Android apps.

    Android TV is manufactured by Geniatech, an electronics company from Shenzen. The Federal Communications Commission has recently approved the product but neither the release date not the price tag are known.

     
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    Google Challenged By Android TV Impersonator


    A rogue Chinese company has taken the world of Internet-connected TV by storm, after their product, a set-top box which takes its name and main functions from Google TV, has been reported to be of a better quality than the Internet giant’s official service.

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    May 19th, 2011

    Based in Shenzen (China), Geniatech is offering a new service called Android TV, with Android, of course, the name of Google’s own-brand operating system.

    The Geniatech set-top box, meanwhile, is said to be sold in five different versions (Nano, Basic, Plus, Gold, and Platinum). It is looking to cash in on a market wanting a higher quality of IPTV, as Google’s built-in product has not been setting the world alight in terms of performance, and has had to make recent re-releases to try and improve their system.

    The ‘Android’ system from Geniatech has taken a real Android operating system and Google’s web browser, and combined it with their own developments to create a better-working product that serves as a ‘multipurpose add-on’. Key features advertised by the developers include the device’s capability to be used as a TV tuner, a digital media player, games console, digital photo frame, and a system with Internet connectivity, the higher-quality features naturally coming with the pricier versions of the product.

    The set-top box is also able to browse the web (with the Google-based browser), and supports Flash, e-books and magazines, instant messaging, Gmail, and support for HD content. For control, a user can apply the product’s QWERTY remote control, or use their own wireless keyboard or touchpad. Availability for the Geniatech product is patchy, and is not a mainstream device (at least for now), but reports claim that those that do own one in America picked one up for just $149, far cheaper than official devices sold by Google.

    With the news of this emerging Chinese challenger, Google’s next updates will probably have to be in the ‘top quality’ zone, with Geniatech’s offering currently seen as cheaper and of better overall quality.

    With the brand identity that they have created for themselves Google will probably not be too pleased at seeing an ‘official’ knockoff on the market however limited its sales are, much less so the fact that it seems to be out performing them in reviews. Who will end up having the last laugh: Android, or ‘Android’?










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    Interesting that the article says this new android box is getting better reviews than Google TV. I have been searching and I still haven't been able to find one actual user review from an independent source. I personally wouldn't touch this thing until I read some independent reviews from trusted sources or a whole bunch of user reviews posted on Amazon.
     

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