EFO Announces Android 4.0 ICS Mini TV Dongle
This isn’t exactly mobile related but then again it is as it is an Android powered device right? EFO has just announced the Android 4.0 ICS mini TV Dongle which is just what it sounds like a USB dongle that plugs into your TV to bring Android and all the apps to your HDTV over a regular HDMI connection. Play some Angry Birds on the big screen anyone? Price is $69.99 and it’s out right now in the EFO store for purchase.
The first Android 4.0 ICS mini TV Dongle with customized Voice Driver which can allow user selects Audio output between wireless audio device or TV audio out for audio playback. With the wireless audio keyboard mouse and touchpad, you can either use the speaker and mic of the keyboard like the phone or use the headset that plugged into the wireless audio keyboard for enjoy movie at night that not disturb families sleeping.
It connects to the HDMI interface of any regular TV and converts it into a Smart TV. You can download apps from the Google Play Store to stream videos, play games, connect with your friends on Facebook, catch up on news, do some work or simply surf the web. You can even attach a video camera to do Skype video-call.
Demonstration at Youtube : http://youtu.be/CzLnfrlOt4k
Link : http://mobile.efo-shop.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=12
CPU: Telechips CORTEX-A5 (45nm CMOS) 1.0 Ghz (MAX), support: HD Video Decoder (1080P@60Fps) and HD Video Encoder (1080P@30Fps)
Memory: DDR3: 512M (16bit)
Flash: 4G Nand Flash
HDMI 1.4 Interface
Network: WiFi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Interface: 1 X Mini USB (OTG) for DC 5V power supply, 1 X USB-4P (HOST)
O.S: Android 4.0 ICS, support Multi-languages
Audio Support: MP3/WMA/WAV/OGG/AAC/FLAC/3GP
Video Support: MPEG2/4/AVI/WMV/MKV/MOV/RM/RMV
Preload applications: Adobe Flash Player, V11.1; R.E. Manager; Youtube & YOUKU, IREAD
Unit Weight: 30g
Size: 82 x 26.5 x 13.8 mm
These are perfect for bridging the gaps between HD tv’s that were released a year a so ago, and the full smart tv’s that are currently being released. Android is the perfect lightweight platform for a smart TV too.
Just another way to prove that the whole “SmartTV” thing is a bunch of crap. This is an excellent piece of hardware with two major shortcomings: No component out, and no Cable In port. I think the power is there to tune and play live HDTV in these things, and that’s especially helpful on sets lacking an HD tuner (or a monitor).