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The purpose of this thread is to provide a place for discussion and the sharing of information in regard to Android TV devices. Whilst there are many forums and threads for Android in general, there are few specifically for Android TV devices.
What is an Android TV? (Click to show)
An Android TV (known as Google TV of late) is a device which runs Android, a Linux-based OS developed for mobile computing devices. Android TV devices allow you to do all the things you can do on your Android mobile device, but on your TV, such as browse the internet or install Apps from the Play Store (formally known as “Android Market”).
What Apps work on an Android TV? (Click to show)
Whilst Android Apps are universal and work on any Android platform (such as smartphone, tablet or TV), most are designed for mobile touch screen devices, this becomes an issue when using an Android TV which commonly lacks a touch screen interface. Though there are several pointing devices/remotes which can help (see list below), some Apps are simply not 100% compatible with an Android TV because of this.
Android or Google TV? (Click to show)
As i understand it there are only a few true Google TV devices, whilst many are called or referred to as a Google TV device these are often just an ARM based device running the Android OS. Due to this there are now several Apps which are designed only for Google TV and will not install on the unofficial devices, which technically fall under the mobile device category.
Android TV devices (Click to show) Pointing devices/Remotes for Android (Click to show) Android Media Apps suitable for TV use (Click to show)
Websites of interest (Click to show) Do you own an Android TV? (Click to show)
If you own an Android TV and/or pointing device please let us know and I will add it to the appropriate list, same goes for any Apps you wish to recommend or websites of interest.

Edited by HuwSharpe - 4/29/13 at 4:25am
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I have been thinking about getting a Google TV but I am not sure it will offer much more than connecting my Nexus 10 via HDMI. One thing that drives me nuts is that many older (but not that old) tvs will force the tablet to display 720p resolution. Do these boxes have anything to adjust the over/underscan on the Android end?
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I have been thinking about getting a Google TV but I am not sure it will offer much more than connecting my Nexus 10 via HDMI. One thing that drives me nuts is that many older (but not that old) tvs will force the tablet to display 720p resolution. Do these boxes have anything to adjust the over/underscan on the Android end?

I did consider purchasing a tablet like the Nexus 10 instead of an Android TV, as it obviously is like having a portable Android TV with the advantage of been a dam fine tablet should i require it on the move. However, logic made me buy a more the permanent option, a JUSTOP Android TV Box, but if i already owned a Nexus 10 I'm not sure i would have brought anything else if i didn't have to, my Adroid TV is good but i'm not one for spending money without justification *cough =)

As regards the output for my particular Android TV (and i suspect most), yes you can select from the full range of resolutions and frequencies, including 1080i and 1080p, at 24Hz, 50Hz and 60Hz. Hope that helps.
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Well if I could get it to display at full 1080p it MIGHT be worth it. As it stands now it only works at 1080p on my U2711 and the Nexus 10 really has no settings for the secondary screen. I think I would probably just be better putting the money towards a new compatible TV instead since everything has improved a lot. I have been able to watch my Play Movies at full resolution on other peoples newer TVs.
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Just an update, with regards the JUSTOP Android TV Box i recently had to restore it and noticed the output resolution was set to 720P 60Hz as default. So i changed this to 1080P 60Hz and instantly my iPazzPort KP-810-18R remote became somewhat unresponsive, only responding to one in a few buttons pressed. I set the output back to 720P and the remote operated fine again. I suspected this was a power issue, with the higher 1080P setting requiring so much power that there wasn't much left for USB peripherals, given the remote worked better the closer i go to the receiver. This was later confirmed by the manufacturer who suggested only running in 1080P when watching a film, which really is not a viable option an i suspect a mains powered USB hub maybe the only solution.
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Do you know if there are any android tv boxes running anything newer than ICS? There seems to be a lot of cheaper android boxes (cheaper than real Google TV boxes). Might be fun to get one just for fun.
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Do you know if there are any android tv boxes running anything newer than ICS? There seems to be a lot of cheaper android boxes (cheaper than real Google TV boxes). Might be fun to get one just for fun.

Yes, there are several that run Jelly Bean, a quick google brings the following to my attention:
  1. MK808
  2. FAVI HDTV Smart Stick
  3. JUSTOP K9

Many of the unofficial Android TV devices actually get much better reviews that the official Google TV devices, at a fraction of the price they still seem like the best option. The only issue i have found thus far is finding an App that will allow using an Android mobile as a remote for an Android TV, whilst there are many for the official Google TV i have been unable to find any that work for the JUSTOP Android 4.0 TV Box HD Network Media Player / Streamer, but watch this space.
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Originally Posted by HuwSharpe View Post

Yes, there are several that run Jelly Bean, a quick google brings the following to my attention:
  1. MK808
  2. FAVI HDTV Smart Stick
  3. JUSTOP K9

Many of the unofficial Android TV devices actually get much better reviews that the official Google TV devices, at a fraction of the price they still seem like the best option. The only issue i have found thus far is finding an App that will allow using an Android mobile as a remote for an Android TV, whilst there are many for the official Google TV i have been unable to find any that work for the JUSTOP Android 4.0 TV Box HD Network Media Player / Streamer, but watch this space.

Thank you. Yeah I did more research and found a bunch. There are a ton of options with varying prices. My logical brain says don't do it you already have two tablets and a smart phone. My illogical brain say OH MAN MINI PC DO IT!!!!

I'm kind of leaning towards and MK809II (if I go through with it) it's super portable and seems to offer the best specs vs price ($50-60 with a 1.6ghz dual core) Someone in another thread recommended an odroid which has a TON of power but its like $250 and comes without a case lol.
Edited by cavallino - 2/2/13 at 11:41am
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post #9 of 20
guys if you compare the google tv to the ustreamtv, allandroidtv, youtubetv, livestreamtv, justintv, and freedocastv which one you prefer?smile.gif
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guys if you compare the google tv to the ustreamtv, allandroidtv, youtubetv, livestreamtv, justintv, and freedocastv which one you prefer?smile.gif

Hi fibernet, can you explain what aspects you are looking at in those links? What do you want from them? Google TV isn't a service like the others, its a product, so that is not really comparable. As for the other links, none of them look appealing to me, but if i had to chose one i would say YouTube Live.
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