Smart Android gadgets
Akai, Micromax, Amkette and Woxi have launched their latest Android based devices to let your old TVs converted into smart TVs. These ultimate gadgets are designed to give you ultimate experience of a gaming station, movie theater, Wi-Fi router and an education hub on your ordinary TV. These Android gadgets also allow you access internet, listening music, watching videos as well as downloading or running android apps on your television screen. Until now, you might be using your tablets, laptops, desktops or smart televisions to access internet but now you can install this capability to your conventional TV also. For this, what you have to do is just adding any one of these Android devices to your TV set. I am describing these four Android gadgets that offer smart interactive features to your old companion in the following paragraphs.
This is an enhanced featured Android device with multiple users login support. This is the first android device that supports up to eight unique users to get a personalized internet experience. Its unique home-screen is well optimized to connect to a TV, very easily. Its magic motion remote is embedded with a full-function QWERTY keyboard allowing users accessing internet for web browsing, education, chatting, gaming, face book usage as well as Google searching.
Specs and features SmartPod from Woxi is an Android based device that is powered by a dual 1GHz ARM cortex A9 processor with 400 MHz Mali 3D fast flash storage. It holds up to 32 GB of internal storage and a plug in the SD card supports 1TB or more storage by using an external USB hard disk drive. You can connect SmartPod to internet, using any of Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Besides this, you can also use it as a Wi-Fi router for inter-connecting multiple devices like laptops, smartphones and tablets, at your home. With a video resolution of 1080p, it has an HDMI connector for video streaming and also has AV port, DC port, LAN port as well as two USB ports. It has a built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi router for home networking.
It creates personal AppCast channels and allows you to access Google play store for downloading required Android applications. With a 2.4 GHz RF motion remote control, you can play games on a device and it also supports all popular media playback audio/video/photo formats including Flash.
You can purchase this device online at flipKart where you will get 32% Holi festival discount and it will be priced at Rs. 6,499. Though the original price of SmartPod is Rs.9,499.
Amktette EVO TV
EVO TV from Amktette is an integrated device consisting of four components – Evo Touch, Evo Box, Evo view and Evo Discover. This is a smart device, which just with one click converts your TV into a very smart and large screen gaming station. This is also an Android based equipment with customizable user interface and having HD audio and motion sensor gaming functionality with wireless connectivity. It supports Skype and has 7.1 surround sound supports, for itself. It is designed to change a TV into a next generation device, an on-demand music player, a movie theatre, a large screen gaming station and an education hub.
Specs and features It encompasses Android 2.3 Aka Gingerbread processing chip allowing access to video games and websites, using Wi-Fi enabled broadband connection through the device. A microphone with the device can be used for audio and video chatting over VOIP services like Skype. Its multi-purpose remote control also works like - a touch sensitive air mouse, a voice input device for VOIP calls, a gaming controller for motion gaming as well a universal remote for other devices also. It comes duly packed with inbuilt software named My YouTube Viewer that enhances system capability for customizing You Tube channels as well as creating your own channels with just a single click. Evo TV is just 275 gm in weight with 0.9 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches in measurement and comes packed with a 3.7 V, 700 mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery.
The device is now available to purchase online at Home Shop 18 at Rs 8,499.
Micromax Smart Stick
You can also access internet on your TV set just with connecting Micromax Smart Stick to it which supports full HD video playback. But you must require an HDMI port on your TV set for connecting it. Smart stick also has a USB host and it supports direct connectivity. It also allows connectivity of a wireless mouse and keyboard operating on 2.4 GHz wireless frequency to your television set.
Specs Running on Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwitch operating system, the Smart Stick boasts of a 1GHz processing chip and a very fast 4GB flesh memory expandable up to 32 GB. It also has GPU for graphics rendering, supports wireless mouse and keyboard as well. It also has a USB 2.0 port and a support to Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g.
Pros - Android 4.0 ICS operating platform, good processing speed, low price, HDMI and USB ports.
Cons - At the drawback end it does not support any of 2G or 3G networks and has low internal memory of 4GB.
This is one of the cheapest smart devices of such type and available to purchase in market at Rs 4,990 to customers.
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Akai Smart Box
Now you can do browsing or use any Android app on Google via Akai Smart Box. The device is also compatible with any old CRT (cathode ray tube), plasma, LED or LCD television. With connecting device to your television, you can let your TV to do all the functions that your personal computer does. You can browse internet, watch videos on You Tube, play games and listen to your favorite music on your TV. Not only this, even you can also shop online through your TV now. For connectivity, it supports Ethernet, Wi-Fi, 2G network through a SIM card or 3G dongle. It is also compatible with almost all audio and video formats.
Specifications Smart Box from Akai runs on Android 2.3 Aka Gingerbread operating platform and powered up by a 1.25 GHz processing unit coupled to a 4GB internal storage. It has an HDMI port for video streaming, two USB 2.0 ports and a microSD card slot. There are multiple connectivity ports such as built in Wi-Fi and Ethernet port, AV port, an HDMI port for full video playback, headphone and microphone jack. It also has 2G and 3G network support, four USB 2.0 ports and a wireless mouse.
This Android smart device is available to purchase in India at Rs 6,990.