I took delivery of my new SmartStick, from American company FAVI Entertainment, just a few days ago and to be honest I was expecting to see yet another run-of-the-mill Android mini computer that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV… I couldn’t have been more wrong! On the outside the FAVI SmartStick looks a lot like other Android mini computers, an over-sized flash drive but with a HDMI connector at the end. The build quality is excellent and the device doesn’t creak or groan when handled (often a sure sign of cheap plastic and bad manufacturing). The real surprise, however, comes when you switch it on… but I am getting…
They might have not been the absolute stars of the show at CES 2013, but the new line-up of Google TV powered products did turn some heads, so it would have been a terrible shame for us to totally ignore them.
The Mini MK802 packs Android 4.0 into a USB flash drive. This tiny little device can be plugged in to any HDMI device, and is available from Amazon for just $35!
One of the rumors of 2012 that kept coming back is that Apple is building its own Apple TV, you know, an actual HDTV, not another iteration of its Apple TV box, which it still treats like a hobby.
If you have an HDTV but didn’t shell out the extra cash for a Smart TV, the FAVI SmartStick may be the perfect solution for your streaming needs. It’s $50, plugs right into your television, and best of all, it’s powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
Yesterday, Nvidia announced that its Tegra 3 architecture is fully compatible with Miracast, the upcoming standard for wireless display connections. Miracast is a specification developed by the Wi-Fi Alliance that will allow seamless and quick connections between mobile devices and HD TV sets. Based on the current Wi-Fi Direct standard, Miracast promises to make you forget about the hassle of connecting smartphones and tablets to TVs through cables. The Miracast standard will allow simple pairing and transfer of audio and video signal to compatible TVs. Here’s a presentation video from Nvidia that depicts the main use cases for the new…