Cloud Media, previously known as Syabas, has been selling Popcorn Hour media players based on Linux for several years, but with OpenHour Chameleon the company is about to launch their first Android media player powered by Rockchip RK3288. The device is similar to other RK3288 TV boxes, except it does not come with internal storage at all, and instead boots Android 4.4.2 from a provided 8GB SD card, with later plans to have support for Linux operating systems such as Ubuntu. Another particularity is that they’ll use an aluminum casing for better heat dissipation of the Rockchip RK3288 processor which can get pretty hot…
OpenHour Chameleon specifications:
- SoC – Rockchip RK3288 quad core ARM Cortex A12 / A17 processor with ARM Mali-T764 quad-core 3D GPU supporting OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0/3.0, and OpenCL 1.1
- System Memory – 2GB DDR3
- Storage – No Internal storage + SD card slot with 8GB card (including Android) + micro SD slot up to 32GB
- Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 3840×2160 resolution
- Audio Output – HMDI, and optical and coaxial S/PDIF output
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet. No internal Wi-Fi or Bluetooth support.
- USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro OTG port
- Misc – IR extender port
- Power – 5V/2A
- Dimensions – N/A
- Weight – N/A
The company claims you’ve also be able to change the included 8GB SD card, with a larger SD card ( up to 32 GB) to load your OS of choice, be it Android, Ubuntu (TBC) or another. That should simplify firmware upgrade, as you won’t need to use Rockchip Windows or Linux tools to upgrade the firmware, and you can simply re-flash the SD card, or use another one. They have not mentioned if they’ll support OTA however. The box will run XBMC, and the company claims True-Dolby and HD-DTS pass-through are supported. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will be optionally supported via external USB dongle(s), and other optional accessories include a Bluetooth game controller, a wireless remote, keyboard and air mouse.
It’s not clear when the box will be available, but OpenHour Chameleon will sell for $149. You can find more information, and register your interest on Cloud Media’s OpenHour Chameleon page. You want also want to check out their Wiki (under construction) or forums for more details.