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CheapCast Chromecast Emulator for Android (Beta) is Available for Download

August 12th, 2013 10 comments

Yesterday, I wrote developers were working on making any media App and any Android device compatible with Chromecast. Sebastian Mauer has taken care of the latter, by publishing CheapCast (Beta) in Google Play. Several people have been trying it successfully, including in iMito MX1 mini PC. I’ve been less lucky. I’ve tried it by running YouTube App in Zopo ZP900S smartphone (Android 4.0.4) with 4 devices:

  • Tronsmart T428 – “Works” but the video won’t start playing. (Bug reported in Github’s issue tracker) [Update: It now works with the latest version in Google Play].
  • MK908 – Refused to install anything in Google Play today… (Older Android 4.1 firmware)
  • Wandboard Quad – “Works” but the video won’t start playing.
  • CX-01 – CheapCast will crash when playing video

I can’t really play YouTube videos over 360p without buffering here, so the reason the video won’t start in T428 or Wandboard Quad might be due to my poor Internet connection.

Nevertheless here are some of the screenshots I’ve got from T428.

CheapCast_T428

When you start CheapCast, you’ll get the menu above. It allows you to change the Friendly name (default: CheapCast), set the service to start at boot time, donate the project, etc…

Once the service is running, let’s start YouTube app in the smartphone. It will detect a ChromeCast device and show the Cast icon. Pressing the cast icon, and selecting your “TV”, will show the screen below.

CheapCast_YouTube_T428

It looks good! Not select a video in the YouTube App, and it’s supposed to start playing the video in the TV. In my case I could only see the video information.CheapCast_YouTube_Video_T428

And after a short while, I’d get “Playing your video on CheapCast is taking an unusually long time” in the YouTube app as shown below.

YouTube_CheapCast_TimeOut

There are a lot of different firmware around, so you may have better luck on your Tronsmart T428, or other Android mini PC. Let me know if it can work for you.

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MK809III Quad Core Android mini PC May Soon Be Available With 4GB RAM, 16GB Flash

August 5th, 2013 8 comments

The price of quad core Android mini PCs keeps dropping and MK809III (aka QC802) is now available for just over $60 with Rockchip RK3188 SoC, 2GB RAM, and 8GB flash. The recent price drop is not quite large enough to be newsworthy, but one reader (and commenter) noticed something interesting in one product description.

MK809III_4GB_RAM_16GB_Flash

So this seller is apparently able to sell MK809III with 4GB RAM and 16GB Flash. 4GB RAM is probably overkill for Android, but it could be useful for those who want to run Linux.

The sellers told him MK809III with 4GB RAM (and 8GB Flash) is available for $75, but the minimum order quantity (MOQ) is 20 pieces. I’ve also contacted the seller myself, and initially was told about the “MOQ 20″ requirement, and that both 4GB RAM/8GB flash and 4GB RAM/16GB Flash could be made available. But when I asked about the price and lead time, I was told, after a few minutes, that 20 pieces is actually too little for the factory, so they must collect orders. Nevertheless, with some patience, this could mean we’ll soon be able to buy RK3188 mini PCs maxed out with 4GB RAM.

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$56 MK809 II Android Jelly Bean mini PC based on Rockchip RK3066 Processor

December 27th, 2012 4 comments

Kimdecent announced it started to sell MK809 II mini PC with Rockchip RK3066, 1GB RAM, 8GB Flash and built-in Bluetooth. This HDMI TV dongle is very similar to Rikomagic MK802 IIIs in terms of specs, and I’ve been told the user interface is also nearly identical.

MK809 II

Here are the specs of the device:

  • SoC – Rockchip RK3066 Dual ARM Cortex-A9 processor clocked @ up to 1.6 GHz with Mali-400MP4 Quad-core GPU,
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage – 8GB NAND Flash + micro SD card slot (Up to 32 GB)
  • Connectivity:
    • Wifi – 802.11 b/g/n
    • Bluetooth 2.1
    • 3G support via external 3G USB dongle
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 Host,  2x micro USB Host
  • Video Output – HDMI
  • Video Codecs – MPEG1/2/4, H.264, VC-1, Divx, Xvid, RM8/9/10, VP6
  • Video Containers – MKV, TS, TP, M2TS, RM/RMVB, BD-ISO, AVI, MPG, VOB, DAT, ASF, TRP, FLV etc full formats
  • Audio Codecs – DTS, AC3, LPCM, FLAC, HE-AAC
  • Power – 90-230V, 50/60Hz input, Output: 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 11 x 3.2 x 1 cm
  • Weight – 32g

The package includes the power supply, a USB cable, and a user manual in English. This is basically the same specifications as UG007, except MK809 II has one extra micro USB port. The device also features a software power button missing in many devices.

Even though some developers are working to port Ubuntu to Rockchip RK3066 devices, don’t expect to be able to do too much with Linux, as GPU and hardware video acceleration won’t be ported to Linux due to a complete lack of open source (and even binary) drivers. It would still possible to use it as a small Linux server however.

MK809 II can be purchased on Aliexpress for $56 on Kimdecent store, but other Aliexpress sellers also offer it at various prices. You can also get it for $5 less with “mainagame5″ coupon.

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