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Giveaway Week Winners Announced (March 2015)

March 18th, 2015 13 comments

The latest Giveaway week has come to an end, and I’m just coming back from the post office, having sent a few Android based TV boxes, a Linux development board, and one wireless audio streamer to the lucky winners.

Android_TV_Box_Giveaway

I’ve already announced winners daily in the comment section of each contest, but here’s the list again with the device, winners’ nickname and their country of residence:

  • Nagrace HPH NT-V6 – Rizwan, Canada
  • Vidon Box – bazsi, Romania
  • RipplTV – driv3l, USA
  • Freescale SABRE Lite – biasio95, Italy
  • Vidon.me AV200 – cityF, Portugal
  • HD18T – Sean, Canada
  • SoundMate WM201 – Orel, France

So people from Canada got lucky, but still no winner from Asia or Oceania.

Giveaway_parcels

The parcel have been send via registered Small Packet Airmail, all the winners should receive them in a few weeks, and certainly I hope they’ll have fun enjoy with their devices. If you haven’t won this time, there should be another giveway week by the end of the year or next year, where you’ll be able to try your luck yet again.

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Giveaway Week – VidOn.me AV200 Android Media Player

March 13th, 2015 164 comments

After Vidon Box giveaway earlier this week, it’s time for another Vidon.me box with AV200 powered by Allwinner A31 qaud core Cortex A7 processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 8GB eMMC, and a metallic body.

VidoOn.me_AV200In Vidon.me V200 review, I concluded the box had pretty good video decoding capabilities in XBMC, as well as fast Wi-Fi, but the box still suffered from a few stability issues, and since the device was phased out, quite unlikely to get further firmware updates.

AV200 and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)

AV200 and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)

All accessories shown above are included except the HDMI cable. You can check out more pictures here.

To enter the draw simply leave a comment below.

Other rules are as follows:

  • Only one entry per contest. I will filter out entries with the same IP and/or email address.
  • Contests are open for 48 hours starting at 10am (Bangkok time) every day. Comments will be closed after 48 hours.
  • Winners will be selected with random.org
  • I’ll contact the winner by email right after the draw, and I’ll expect an answer within 24 hours, or I’ll pick another winner.
  • Shipping
    • Free EMS for winners with a shipping address in Thailand
    • $26 Registered Airmail Small packet for the rest of the world payable via Paypal within 48 hours once the contest is complete.
    • If Paypal is not available in your country, you can still play, and I’ll cover the cost of sending the parcel by Sea and Land (SAL) if you win.
  • I’ll post all 7 prizes at the same time, around the 18th of March
  • I’ll make sure we have 7 different winners, so if you have already won a device during this week giveaway, I’ll draw another person.

Good luck!

VidOn.me AV200 is not available for purchase anymore.

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DV7810-T2 is a Quad Core DVB-T2 Android Receiver with a CA Slot, Conax and Novel-SuperTV Support

March 12th, 2015 14 comments

There are a few Android TV boxes on the market with digital tuners (DVB-T2, DVB-S2, ATSC..), such as WeTek Play or VideoStrong K1, but unless you install some “special” app like OSCAM, you’ll only be able to watch Free-to-air channels. Shenzhen SDMC Technology DV7810-T2 Android set-top box adds a conditional access smartcard slot to work with the built-in DVB-T2 tuner.

DV7810-T2_BoxDV7810-T2 specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S812 quad core Cortex A9 processor @ 2.0GHz with an octa core Mali-450MP6 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 (1GB optional)
  • Storage – 8GB NAND flash (Options: 4, 16 or 32GB), SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4b, AV
  • Audio Output – HDMI, AV, and optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (dual band optional) with external antenna, and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Tuner – DVB-T / DVB-T2 Tuner (MXL608+AVL6762) with RF In and Out
  • Conditional Access – CA smartcard slot. Supports Conax and Novel-SuperTV solutions.
  • DRM – Verimatrix, Playready, Widevine
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – IR receiver, power LED, LED display on front panel. 3.5 mm IR jack
  • Power – 12V/1A; 6W typical power consumption
  • Dimensions – 170 x 125 x 27 mm (Plastic + aluminum casing)
  • Weight – 326 grams

Amlogic_S812_DVB_ConnectorsThe box comes with a remote control, a user’s manual, a power adapter, and AV and HDMI cables by default. This set-top box is running Android 4.4, and is said to support Beenius and HbbTV middleware, but I’ve been told the European standard HbbTV has not been implemented in the box yet.  Seven days EPG, USB PVR, Timeshifting, program playback, and “timing playing” are other features supported by the system.

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SD Card, USB ports, and CA Slot

This box is probably not suited for selling directly to individuals, as I assume some sort of conditional access integration with content providers is required (TBC), but the company lists its Android set-top box on Alibaba, and on its own website.

Thanks to CSylvain for the tip.

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Giveaway Week – RipplTV Quad Core Android Media Player

March 11th, 2015 226 comments

Today, I’d like to give away RipplTV, an Android TV box based on M8 hardware with Amlogic S802, 2GB RAM, and 8GB eMMC, but putting XBMC front and center, as the popular media center is used as the default launcher in this media player.

Rippl-TV Ports (Click to Enlarge)

Rippl-TV Ports (Click to Enlarge)

When I tried RipplTV,  the device had a much better firmware than M8/TM8 from the same company (Shenzhen Tomato), although it was not always trouble free, as 3D gaming could be problematic (Riptide GP2), and I had to clear data for XBMC once to have it run correctly, but overall a pretty decent device. It probably never became very popular through due to the rather large difference in price with M8 TV box.

Rippl-TV_AccessoriesYou can get full specs and more pictures in the unboxing post. Please note that the 5V/2A power adapter is not included, since I cut the cable for some other purpose, so you’d need to find a 5V/2A (or greater) power supply with a 5.5/2.1mm power jack.

To enter the draw simply leave a comment below.

Other rules are as follows:

  • Only one entry per contest. I will filter out entries with the same IP and/or email address.
  • Contests are open for 48 hours starting at 10am (Bangkok time) every day. Comments will be closed after 48 hours.
  • Winners will be selected with random.org
  • I’ll contact the winner by email, and I’ll expect an answer within 24 hours, or I’ll pick another winner.
  • Shipping
    • Free EMS for winners with a shipping address in Thailand
    • $19 Registered Airmail Small packet for the rest of the world payable via Paypal within 48 hours once the contest is complete.
    • If Paypal is not available in your country, you can still play, and I’ll cover the cost of sending the parcel by Sea and Land (SAL) if you win.
  • I’ll post all 7 prizes at the same time, around the 18th of March
  • I’ll make sure we have 7 different winners, so if you have already won a device during this week giveaway, I’ll draw another person.

Good luck!

Rippl-TV can be purchased for $119.99 and up on Amazon and Aliexpress.

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Xiaomi Mi Box Mini Media Player Can Now Be Purchased for $50 Worldwide

March 10th, 2015 9 comments

Xiaomi announced their tiny Mi Box Mini media player powered by Mediatek MT8685A quad core processor in January, and the power plug sized box sells in China for 199 RMB (~$32 US). The good news is that I’ve just found out it listed on GeekBuying for $54.99, and several sellers also offer it for just under $50 on Aliexpress, so it’s available worldwide now, as long as you are comfortable purchase it online. [Update: Gearbest has it for $42.98 with coupon MIBOX]

Mi_box_mini_HDMI_remote_controlMi Box mini specifications:

  • SoC – Mediatek MT8685(A) quad core ARM Cortex A7 @ 1.3GHz with Mali-450MP4 GPU (4 fragment + 2 vertex cores) @ 416MHz
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 4GB eMMC 4.5 flash
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4 up to 1080p with Dolby 2.0 and Digital Plus pass-through
  • Video Codecs – H.265, H.264, H.263, MPEG 1/2/4, VP8 (Up to 1080p30)
  • Connectivity – Dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0
  • Power Supply – Integrated into device. 100-240V 50/60Hz input
  • Dimensions – 46.8 x 46.8 x 38 mm
  • Weight – 73 grams
Xiaomi_Mi_Box_Mini

MIUI TV Interface (Chinese only)

The device comes with a 1.5 meter HDMI cable, a Bluetooth remote control,. and a user’s manual. It runs MUIU TV based on Android 4.4.2, and the bad news is that the user interface is exclusively in Chinese, so the box is reserved to Chinese speakers, and possibly tinkerers who may want to experiment with the platform and/or create custom firmware / ROMs. However, the box is Google certified (CTS) meaning Google Play is pre-loaded with Google’s “blessings”.

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Giveaway Week – VidOn Box XBMC Android Media Player

March 10th, 2015 160 comments

Vidon Box is the second item for the Giveaway Week organized on CNX Software. This nice looking media player is powered by Allwinner A31s with 1GB DDR3 and 8GB internal storage, and runs Android 4.4 with VidOn’s own XBMC version.

Vidon Box (Click to Enlarge)

Vidon Box (Click to Enlarge)

VidOn Box is certainly not the fatest device around but in my review I found out that it mostly did the job with excellent Wi-Fi performance, and good XBMC support, but for some reasons transfer from USB hard drive was particularly slow, at least with the firmware version I used during testing. Some features that you may take for granted like Blu-ray playback and audio pass-through require a $15 one year membership, but one free year is included. I’m not sure if the one-year free card is transferable, so the giveaway winner may not be able to enjoy the remaining membership options without paying extra. Basic functionalities will work fine. You can check VidOn Box unboxing post to find the differences between non-subscriber and subscriber.

Vidon Box and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)

Vidon Box and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)

To enter the draw simply leave a comment below. To make the contest more interesting, you may want to share why you want it, or what you plan to do with it instead of the usual “I’m in”. It won’t improve your odds though, as all entries will have the same weight.

Other rules are as follows:

  • Only one entry per contest. I will filter out entries with the same IP and/or email address.
  • Contests are open for 48 hours starting at 10am (Bangkok time) every day. Comments will be closed after 48 hours.
  • Winners will be selected with random.org
  • I’ll contact the winner by email, and I’ll expect an answer within 24 hours, or I’ll pick another winner.
  • Shipping
    • Free EMS for winners with a shipping address in Thailand
    • $19 Registered Airmail Small packet for the rest of the world payable via Paypal within 48 hours once the contest is complete.
    • If Paypal is not available in your country, you can still play, and I’ll cover the cost of sending the parcel by Sea and Land (SAL) if you win.
  • I’ll post all 7 prizes at the same time, around the 18th of March
  • I’ll make sure we have 7 different winners, so if you have already won a device during this week giveaway, I’ll draw another person.

Good luck!

VidOn Box can be either purchased on Vidon.me for $69.99 including shipping, or third parties like GeekBuying and Aliexpress with the latter now selling the device for just $49.99.

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Beelink i one (i826) / Ubox i828 Quad Core Amlogic Media Player & Recorder with HDMI Input

March 9th, 2015 11 comments

There are very few Android TV boxes capable of recording video over HDMI. One of them is Zidoo X9 which works pretty well as long as you use the built-in apps, but playing 4K and/or H.265 with Kodi is a disaster, and despite Mstar MS09810 being a quad core Cortex A9 processor, the actual performance barely better than Amlogic AML8726-MX dual core Cortex A9 processor due to the poor memory bandwidth. But now, if you’d like a system with HDMI PVR function, but better performance and good Kodi support, Beelink i one (i826) could be an option with its Amlogic S812 processor and HDMI input support. There’s also a similar looking UBox i828 featuring Amlogic S802 processor which lacks H.265 support.

i_one_boxi one / Ubox i828 specifications:

  • SoC
    • i one – Amlogic S812 quad core ARM Cortex A9r4 at 2.0GHz with ARM Mali-450MP6 GPU
    • Ubox i828 – Amlogic S802 quad core ARM Cortex A9r4 at 2.0GHz with ARM Mali-450MP6 GPU
  • System Memory – 2G DDR3
  • Storage
    • i one – 16 GB eMMC Flash + SD card slot up to 32GB
    • Ubox i828 – 8GB eMMC flash + SD card slot up to 32gb
  • Video I/O
    • Output – HDMI 1.4b up to 4K2K @ 30 Hz
    • Input – HDMI up to 1080p to switch between inputs and recording.
  • Audio I/O – HDMI ports, and optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports + 1x micro USB OTG
  • Misc – IR Sensor, Power LED, power button, and recovery/update switch (via hole)
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 11.9 x 11.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Weight – 208 grams

Beside the media player, the package includes an HDMI cable, an OTG cable, a power adapter, and a remote control. Both devices run Android 4.4.2 pre-loaded with XBMC / Kodi, “original ecology and AZW custom UI” whatever that means. I guess the first means stock Android home screen, and the later is another launcher.  I could not find screenshots of the user interface.

i_one_box_HDMI_recordingi one (i826) can be found on GearBest for $110.69, but I’ve been given BI826GB coupon lowering the cost to $99, while Ubox i828 can be purchased for $102 on GeekBuying. Please note that both companies use the same marketing material, so provided they did not make mistakes in the specifications, both products should be based on the same Beelink hardware platform, with Amlogic S812 and 16 GB eMMC in i one, replaced by Amlogic S802 and 8GB eMMC in Ubox i828. Both devices appear to be better value than Zidoo X9 ($116 or more), but we’ll have to see how well PVR and timeshifting functions work [Update: Finally, PVR is not working yet]. I’m sure some of you will ask about HDCP, but I don’t know yet, and I’ll try to find out. [Update 2: GearBest told me HDCP is working on the HDMI input port]

Via AndroidPC.es

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ZRRO Android Game Console Includes a Hover and Touch Controller (Crowdfunding)

February 18th, 2015 1 comment

Android games are fun to play… on smartphones and tablets, but if you want to play such games on a TV screen via an Android mini PC, it can become more problematic, as most of the games were designed for touchscreen, so you have to be prepare to juggle between input devices.. In my reviews, I have to play Candy Crush Saga with an air mouse, and I switch to a wireless gamepad for racing games such as Riptide GP2 or Beach Buggy Racing, while some games are simply not playable at all without touch emulation, unless you install a software remote such as Droidmote on your smartphone, and use the latter as a controller, which may not be ideal either. ZRRO, an Israeli company, came with a new package comprised of an Android game console (ZRRO Box), and a game controller (ZRRO Pad) featuring a hover and touch surface to play games, and a few buttons to control android.

ZRRO_BOXZRRO Box preliminary specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S802 quad core Cortex A9 processor @ 2.0 GHz with 8 core Mali-450MP6 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB RAM
  • Storage – 16GB flash + micro SD slot up to 32GB
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4a up to 4K @ 30Hz (for videos and pictures)
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Power Supply – N/A
  • Dimensions – N/A
  • Weight – N/A

ZRRO_PAD

ZRRO Pad specifications:

  • Multi-finger hover & touch finger powered by Ztouch technology combining mutual capacitance and self-capacitance sensors
  • Buttons – On/Off, Volume, Recent, Home, and Back

So they did not provide that many technical details,. but I assume the controller communicates with the box via a 2.4GHz RF connection, as commonly found on many other input devices. If you wonder if you could just buy the controller, the answer is unfortunately no, simply because the Android firmware needs to be modified.

The company intends to raise $200,000 via a Kickstarter campaign, and after about a day, they’ve managed to reach over $50,000 so far. The cheapest Early bird perk ($149) is now sold out, but there’s still a $179 early bird perk including ZRRO Box, Pad, and Armor (a case). Once these are sold your you can get the box and controller for $199. Delivery is scheduled for October 2015, and shipping is included.

Via Liliputing.

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