stbWe’ve heard things before about Android and Set-Top Boxes and we wrote an article entertaining the idea back in April. This new snippet comes from the imaginative minds of MIIPS technology via gizmodo, and shows them running a STB with Android capable of 1080p video. “The set-top box utilizes Sigma’s hardware graphics acceleration, the MIPS architecture and improvements to Android’s library to display high-definition video on full sized screens.” It is my firm opinion that any new STB coming to market should offer such specifications but because this is running Android, it receives a closer look here.

Android is not necessarily designed for items in the home such as the STB, so it is good (as always), to see Android being pushed to its limits. Whether there will be a high demand for devices like this running Android remains to be seen, but as another blogger noted, STB user interfaces are usually rubbish, so I guess this is one area where Android may be able to make amends. In the words of MIIPS themselves, this is “a major milestone toward the creation of a reference platform”. Unfortunately, this image shows a proof-of-concept only and there is no video of how it works.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.